Brazlilian rosewood (Dalbergia Nigra) has been one of the most favorite woods for the boxes of high-class guitars over decades. Due to excessive harvesting (guitar making plays only a minor role here), it was one of the first woods to be protected under the appendix 1 (highest protection level) of the CITES convention. Since then, only certified old stock wood may be used. The colour of Brazilian rosewood can differ strongly, starting with light orange through chocolate-brown and olive-green to almost black purple, sometimes even in one single piece of wood. The appearance can be rather attractive due to strong striping and the famous “muscle-texture” which occurs fairly often in this wood. With the naked eye it’s often very hard to distinguish from some other rosewood species as Amazon- or Madagascar rosewood.
back, sides, fingerboard, bridge
smooth and mellow