There are roughly a dozen species of true rose woods in the world. (Yes,
they smell like roses when cut with a saw.) A partial list would include
Tulip wood, King wood, Cocobolo, East Indian Rose wood, and Brazilian Rose
wood. With the exception of the latter, these are oily to the point of being
dead in the tone department. So what is the point in coveting these
materials when there are sonic superiors available? The problem is that in
the public mind, rose wood is cool, so it has long been over harvested.
Because of this Brazilian Rose wood has been banned from importation to the
United States for over twenty five years.
"Beautiful" wood. There are a wide range of colors and grain. [As body
material:] Book-matched tops only. Very limited supply. We also have some
necks with Brazilian rosewood fingerboards.
We always have a couple of Brazilian Rosewood Blanks Available for fingerboards . Very oily multicolored wood,
This wood will not take the smooth finish that the Macassar Ebony we offer.
Varies in color from shades of brown to red or violet, and is irregularly
streaked with black. The grain is typically straight, occasionally wavy.
Texture is medium to coarse and of medium luster.
Common uses include cabinetmaking, fine furniture, marquetry, pianos, tool
handles, drum sticks, organ pipes, sounding boards, umbrella handles,
wainscoting, and xylophones.
Specific Gravity is .85 (very dense).
Dark red, violet and black streaks.