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Rosewood – Brazilian

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Species Description: Wood Species

With its outstanding strength-to-weight ratio, density, stability and resonance, it is easy to see why Brazilian Rosewood became the wood synonymous with “rosewood” in the world of both acoustic and electric guitar building, in the last century. It is also renowned for its use in fine furniture, cabinetry, as veneer and paneling, and more. Its wide popularity and huge demand led to its eventual placement on CITES Appendix I, back in early 1992. Not only is it illegal to import or export the wood from one country to another, but it is also illegal export finished products containing the legendary Dalbergia.

The wood is typically a dark chocolate brown, although it can possess varying degrees of reddish or purplish tint, as well as having a variety of secondary colors sometimes woven in to its grains. Grain patterns can run the gamut — from straight, to interlocked, wavy or irregular — with a medium texture that can be quite porous. Brazilian Rosewood is generally considered a cooperative working wood, although its density requires sharp tools and blades. It finishes well and has a nice natural luster, although — with its high natural oil content — it can be difficult to glue.

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Sustainability: This species is listed in the CITES Appendix I, and classified as “Endangered” on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species; part of the Dalbergia -genus worldwide exportation ban.

Common Uses: Veneer, fine furniture, cabinetry, flooring, musical instruments, turned objects, and other small wooden specialty items.

Comments: Brazilian Rosewood was entrenched in guitar luthiery (both acoustic & electric) through the ’90’s, after which time its supply in the US had declined to the point of sending craftsmen in search of alternatives. It truly is the “holy grail” of guitar tonewoods; with its evenly balanced, rich tonal spectrum, it is the standard by which all others are judged.

Since its exportation ban went into effect, supplies have been limited to the existing stockpiles already present in the US. Because of its abundant use, that supply, at the time, was quite subtantial. Now, it has dwindled down to the point of being almost impossible to obtain and being extremely pricey.

Aside from being one of the exotic wood industry’s most covered species, it is also one of the most impersonated: with dishonest sellers infrequently popping up, offering other rosewoods with similar aesthetic qualities and calling Brazilian Rosewood.

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Botanical Name

Dalbergia nigra

Other Names

Bahia Rosewood, Brazilian Rosewood

Main Color Group

Variegated

Grain Pattern

Figured

Workability

Challenging

Avg Dry Weight - LB/FT3

52

Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3

835

Janka Hardness - LBF

2790

Janka Hardness - Newtons

12410

ImagePriceGradeDimensionsSKUBuyDescriptionhf:att:pa_grade
Rosewood - Brazilian
R6,144.54169.5 × 18 × 4.5 cmROSEBR1013
Weight 11.3 kg
Dimensions 169.5 × 18 × 4.5 cm
Grade

AB

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

width varies. Stunning board with some cracks, holes and surface check

ab
Rosewood - Brazilian
R6,659.63229 × 19 × 2.8 cmROSEBR1012
Weight 9 kg
Dimensions 229 × 19 × 2.8 cm
Grade

AB

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

width varies. Board has a few cracks, knots, worm holes and surface checks

ab
Rosewood - Brazilian
R4,061.90185.5 × 23 × 2 cmROSEBR1011
Weight 5.6 kg
Dimensions 185.5 × 23 × 2 cm
Grade

B

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

width varies. Board has a few cracks and a lot of sapwood and some wane on edges

b
Rosewood - Brazilian
R7,257.44198 × 35 × 2 cmROSEBR1010
Weight 10.3 kg
Dimensions 198 × 35 × 2 cm
Grade

AB

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

width varies. Lovely board with a few cracks down the middle and between hardwood and sapwood

ab
Rosewood - Brazilian
R8,230.44169 × 35 × 2.8 cmROSEBR1009
Weight 13.2 kg
Dimensions 169 × 35 × 2.8 cm
Grade

B

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

width varies. board has a few cracks, knots and surfce check

b
Rosewood - Brazilian
R4,068.57185 × 21 × 2.6 cmROSEBR1008
Weight 7.5 kg
Dimensions 185 × 21 × 2.6 cm
Grade

AB

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

width varies. Lovely board with a few worm holes and cracks.

ab
Rosewood - Brazilian
R9,388.54178.5 × 42 × 3 cmROSEBR1007
Weight 15.6 kg
Dimensions 178.5 × 42 × 3 cm
Grade

C

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

stunning board with a few knots. Board has cracks and a surface check on 1 surface

c
Rosewood - Brazilian
R5,276.23163 × 34 × 2.4 cmROSEBR1006
Weight 11.5 kg
Dimensions 163 × 34 × 2.4 cm
Grade

B

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Quartersawn

width varies. 63cm crack between sapwood and hardwood. Other surface has defects

b
Rosewood - Brazilian
R2,801.2275 × 17 × 4 cmROSEBR1005
Weight 3.6 kg
Dimensions 75 × 17 × 4 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Quartersawn

width varies. Lovely board with a knot

a
Rosewood - Brazilian
R2,753.97109 × 11.5 × 4 cmROSEBR1004
Weight 3.7 kg
Dimensions 109 × 11.5 × 4 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Quartersawn

width varies. Pretty piece with a few wormholes on sapwood

a
Rosewood - Brazilian
R2,573.8271 × 16.5 × 4.1 cmROSEBR1003
Weight 3.9 kg
Dimensions 71 × 16.5 × 4.1 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Quartersawn

width varies. stunning board with 1 rough edge

a
Rosewood - Brazilian
R2,858.9984.5 × 16.8 × 4 cmROSEBR1002
Weight 4.5 kg
Dimensions 84.5 × 16.8 × 4 cm
Grade

AB

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Quartersawn

lovely board with 1 rough edge

ab
Rosewood - Brazilian
R3,534.47117 × 16.5 × 4 cmROSEBR1001
Weight 9.5 kg
Dimensions 117 × 16.5 × 4 cm
Grade

B

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

lovely board with cracks and a few holes.

b

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