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Malaysian Blackwood, Back, classic, 4A See Weekly Special Malaysian Blackwood, Sides, classic, 4A Malaysian Blackwood, Back, classic, 3A Malaysian Blackwood, Sides, classic, 3A
Malaysian Blackwood, Back, steel string, 4A
Malaysian Blackwood, Sides, steel string, 4A Malaysian Blackwood, Back, steel string, 3A Malaysian Blackwood, Sides, steel string, 3A
This wood was a big hit at the 2004 Guild of American Luthiers Convention in Tacoma. Several guitars of this beautiful wood were played at the classic guitar listening event, and they were "wowsers."
There are two variants. One is dark-reddish brown to black, and the other is greenish with brown streaks, similar to Macassar ebony (Diospyros celebica) A few on the list that have used the wood: George Smith, Bruce Petros, Steve and John Kinnaird, Michael Greenfield, Tom Blackshear, and Sakurai Kohno who uses it regularly. Similar in properties to African blackwood in many respects including density, tonal quality and workability, all sets are nicely matched, dried and sanded.
Please see the Weekly Special to see what the current stock is like. There is more variation in this wood than is shown on this page, and from shipment to shipment, we see even more variety. (We have not seen the chocolate variety in several years; now seeing more of the Macassar type).
Below guitar by Ben Tortorici
Tim Mullin guitar of Malaysian blackwood above and below.
Guitars at left by Jeffrey Yong
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