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Macassar Ebony

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Macassar guitar with broad sapwood center
by Niklas Rotemar of Stockholm, Sweden.

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With alternating bands of black and light tan, our striped Macassar Ebony is one of our most striking woods. In addition to a large group of hand-makers who use it, there are a number of prominent manufacturers who offer it on their more deluxe models, including Breedlove, McPherson and Goodall. From Celebes and Sulawesi Island in East Indonesia, Macassar Ebony offers good stability and superb, Rosewood-like tonality. Supply of this wood is erratic, especially in the higher grades, and demand has grown steadily over the years, so backorders are often necessary. Pair it with a nice white Engelmann Spruce top for an instrument of striking visual and sonic quality.

The appearance of the Macassar Ebony varies widely. So, each set is priced and shown individually in our "select-a-set" format.

See a Macassar guitar by Steve Henderson

Back & Sides Dimensions
Wood Grading article
Figured Wood Terms