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.
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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Bahia Rosewood, Brazilian Rosewood
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|Avg Dry Weight - LB/FT3||
|Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3||
|Janka Hardness - LBF||
|Janka Hardness - Newtons||
|R6,144.54||AB||169.5 × 18 × 4.5 cm||ROSEBR1013|| |
width varies. Stunning board with some cracks, holes and surface check
|R6,659.63||AB||229 × 19 × 2.8 cm||ROSEBR1012|| |
width varies. Board has a few cracks, knots, worm holes and surface checks
|R4,061.90||B||185.5 × 23 × 2 cm||ROSEBR1011|| |
width varies. Board has a few cracks and a lot of sapwood and some wane on edges
|R7,257.44||AB||198 × 35 × 2 cm||ROSEBR1010|| |
width varies. Lovely board with a few cracks down the middle and between hardwood and sapwood
|R8,230.44||B||169 × 35 × 2.8 cm||ROSEBR1009|| |
width varies. board has a few cracks, knots and surfce check
|R4,068.57||AB||185 × 21 × 2.6 cm||ROSEBR1008|| |
width varies. Lovely board with a few worm holes and cracks.
|R9,388.54||C||178.5 × 42 × 3 cm||ROSEBR1007|| |
stunning board with a few knots. Board has cracks and a surface check on 1 surface
|R5,276.23||B||163 × 34 × 2.4 cm||ROSEBR1006|| |
width varies. 63cm crack between sapwood and hardwood. Other surface has defects
|R2,801.22||A||75 × 17 × 4 cm||ROSEBR1005|| |
width varies. Lovely board with a knot
|R2,753.97||A||109 × 11.5 × 4 cm||ROSEBR1004|| |
width varies. Pretty piece with a few wormholes on sapwood
|R2,573.82||A||71 × 16.5 × 4.1 cm||ROSEBR1003|| |
width varies. stunning board with 1 rough edge
|R2,858.99||AB||84.5 × 16.8 × 4 cm||ROSEBR1002|| |
lovely board with 1 rough edge
|R3,534.47||B||117 × 16.5 × 4 cm||ROSEBR1001|| |
lovely board with cracks and a few holes.