The Brazilian Rosewood Mystique

As you probably know, Brazilian Rosewood is well regarded in the world of high-end instruments and often referred to as ‘the Holy Grail of Tonewoods’.


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So, what’s so special about Brazilian Rosewood?

The Brazilian Rosewood mystique largely sprouted from being widely used in great, vintage Guitars. ’48 Martin 000-28. ’59 Gibson Les Pauls, ’62 Fender Strats, to name a few. The positive association (and experience) of vintage guitars, only add to the Brazilian Rosewood craving. At the time these instruments were being built supplies were (relatively) plentiful, it wasn’t until reserve started to get thin and eventually, in 1969 Martin stopped using Brazilian Rosewood and started to use Indian Rosewood instead.
So, the positive connotations of its vintage roots and the charm that comes with this, resulted in Brazilian Rosewood - also known as Dalbergia Nigra- being the preference of guitar lovers and players globally.
Aesthetically, for many it's unrivalled, with its varying from dark, chocolatey brown appearance, striped grains and oxblood/burgundy hues. Tonally you can expect it to be clear, crisp and balanced and to ring like a bell. Of course, with that (vintage) warmth we all know and love.
Rewinding to a pre-finished state, Brazilian Rosewood is hard, dense, uniform and incredibly stable. It has a coarse texture with mid-sized pores. From a luthier’s perspective, it’s easy to work with both machine and hand tools and has a gorgeous, almost rose-like scent when being crafted (it’s hard to explain, but if you know, you know).
Brazilian Rosewood is currently restricted under the CITES Appendix I (the most restrictive appendix) but can still be used if it were harvested and exported prior to the placement of these CITES restrictions OR harvested from trees which have fallen naturally. As long as this is the case, and it is accompanied by the correct certification- it can still be used today.
We have some gorgeous Brazilian Rosewood guitars currently residing in the showroom, and wanted to take this opportunity to shine the spotlight on these. Of course, these are all in-line with current restrictions. This beloved tonewood is features in many different guitars and body shapes, by many of the different wonderful luthiers we represent, each pushing it to their desired, aesthetic and tonal capabilities.

Skytop Grand Auditorium Acoustic Guitar, Brazilian Rosewood and Bearclaw Sitka Spruce- $10,000.00

  • Model: Grand Auditorium
  • Soundboard: Bearclaw Sitka Spruce
  • Back & Sides: Brazilian Rosewood
  • Neck: Curly Claro Walnut
  • Scale Length: Multi 25.4/24.9 1-3/4”
  • Fretboard: Brazilian Rosewood
  • Bridge: Brazilian Rosewood
  • Bindings: Ebano
  • Purfling: B/W/B
  • Tuners: Gotoh 510
  • Headstock: Ebony
  • Backstrap: Brazilian Rosewood
  • Armrest: Walnut into Ebony
  • Case: Calton Custom

Bourgeois OMSC Custom Legacy Series “The Odyssey” Acoustic Guitar, Brazilian Rosewood & Redwood- $21,550.00

  • Year: 2020
  • Top: Redwood
  • Back & Sides: Master Grade Brazilian Rosewood
  • Rosette: Offset Braided Rosette 
  • Purfling: Soloist Style 
  • Backstrip: Wood 
  • Body Binding: Ebony 
  • Neck: Mahogany 
  • Neck Profile: Soft V
  • Fretboard Wood: Ebony 
  • Peg Head Style: Contour 
  • Peg Head Veneer: Ebony w/ Sparkle Pearl Logo 
  • Fretboard Binding: Ebony 
  • Fretboard Inlays: Sparkle Pearl Border 
  • Tuners: K-Tar 
  • Bridge: Odyssey Ebony Bridge 
  • Pins: Antique Walrus w/ Black Dots
  • Saddle Material: Bone 
  • Saddle Type: Drop-in, Compensated 
  • Nut Material: Bone 
  • Pickguard: None 
  • Nut Width: 1 3/4”
  • Spacing at Saddle: 2 5/16” 
  • Scale Length: Long Scale (25 1/2”)
  • Body Depth: 4 1/4”
  • Body Length: 20 1/8” 
  • Upper Bout: 11 1/4”
  • Lower Bout: 15 1/16” 
  • Truss Rod: Adjustable 
  • Brace Pattern: Aged Tone Bracing w/ X-Braced Back, Animal Protein Glue 
  • S/N: 8872

Kraut Modified Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar, Brazilian Rosewood & Swiss Moon Spruce- $24,125.00

  • Year: 2020 
  • Top: Swiss Moon Spruce 
  • Back & Sides: Brazilian Rosewood (Straight Quartersawn) 
  • Rosette: Custom Wood 
  • Purfling: Line 
  • Backstrip: Ebony
  • Body Binding: Ebony
  • Neck: Mahogany 
  • Neck Profile: D 
  • Fretboard Wood: Ebony 
  • Peg Head Style: Kraut 
  • Peg Head Veneer: Custom Wood 
  • Fretboard Binding: Ebony 
  • Fretboard Inlays: Line 
  • Tuners: Schertler Open Back 
  • Bridge: Brazilian Rosewood 
  • Pins: Ebony 
  • Saddle Material: Bone 
  • Saddle Type: Custom Drop-in
  • Nut Material: Custom Bone 
  • Pickguard: None 
  • Nut Width: 1 3/4” 
  • Spacing at Saddle: 2 5/16”
  • Scale Length: 25.25” 
  • Body Depth: 4 1/2”
  • Body Length: 20 1/4”
  • Upper Bout: 16 1/8”
  • Lower Bout: 12” 
  • Truss Rod: Adjustable 
  • Brace Pattern: Straight X-Brace
  • S/N: 124
To find out more about any of these instruments, please don't hesitate to reach out by calling our US team on (+1) 615-383-8947 or our UK team by calling +44 (0) 207 835 5597, alternatively you can email us here.

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