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Ebony steel/classic, 7"8" X 1.75"2" X 3/8"
Ebony steel/classic, 2nd, 7"8" X 1.75"2" X 3/8"
Indian rw, steel/classic, 7"8" X 1.75"2" X 3/8"
Madagascar rw, steel/classic, 7"8" X 1.75"2" X 3/8", quartersawn Out temporarily PART No. HEAD PLATES Each 6 -12 13+ Ebony headplate, 8" X ~3.25" X 1/8"
Ebony headplate, 2nd, 8" X ~3.25" X 1/8"
Cocobolo rosewood, 8" X 3.5" X 1/8"
Indian rosewood, 8" X 3.5" X 1/8"
Madagascar rosewood, 8" X 3.5" X 1/8"
WHZR Ziricote, 8" X 3.5" X 1/8"
EBONY BRIDGE BLANKS
Ebony has been the traditional bridge material for steel string guitars. It is occasionally used for classical guitars, but because it's heavier and is known to possess greater damping properties than rosewood it's not favored.
We currently stock mostly African and Indian ebony for bridge blanks. Taylor Guitars has used almost exclusively African ebony for their fingerboards, bridge blanks and headplates. They like the material, and they like it to look like wood. If you are unsure of the differences in appearance the next time you see a Taylor instrument take note. We try to use one size for both classic and steel string (8" X 2" X 3/8") with most of our blanks, just to simplify things, but occasionally we will have blanks sized for both styles.
Left, Indian rosewood bridge blanks, below, Kasha-Schneider bridge on Jay Hargreaves guitar. This bridge is ebonized maple laminates. It's very stiff, with very low mass.
Has taken the place of Brazilian as the bridge material for classical guitars because of the scarcity of Brazilian. It is one of the most stable of hardwoods, and makes excellent bridges, whether for steel strings or classical.
There are a good number of Dalbergias in Madagascar, and they vary just as all the different species do. The one we offer is close to Cocobolo in density. Very fine grained, about as porous as Brazilian, Madagascar rosewood works well for either classic or steel string bridges. As I write this, all of our blanks are stickered for drying, so take a look at the fingerboards and headplates on this page to get an idea of appearance.
Example of our Madagascar rosewood. In color, tends toward reddish brown.
Above, Healdsburg luthier, Eric Monrad's flamenco guitar peghead.
Peghead with Macassar ebony cap. Made by musician and teacher, Jack Saunders.
We can often offer peghead overlays in a variety of woods that we don't list. Just ask. We'll be adding Macassar ebony soon, as we have plenty of side offcuts that can be used for both binding and headplates. Otherwise, we offer the industry standards, shown below.
At right, one of the most striking of woods, Ziricote makes great looking headplates. Click on thumbnail to enlarge, for the full experience.
Below left is Madagascar rosewood, and right is Indian rosewood.
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