We have recently procured very limited sets of Santos Rosewood for our Custom Series. We had made 2 units for our show in Music China: 1 Dreadnought and 1 Medium Jumbo. The sound will be beautiful.. Can’t wait!
Information on Santos Rosewood:
Santos Rosewood, of the species Machaerium scleroxylon, was introduced to the market as a substitute for Rio Rosewood. While not a true rosewood of theGenus Dalbergia, the wood offers users the look of the endangered species, although not necessarily all of its properties. Santos Rosewood is now considered a valuable wood on its own merits and is most often used for architectural woodworking and high-end furniture.
While Santos Rosewood looks similar to Brazilian Rosewood, it offers some drying and working challenges that the other wood does not. Brazilian Rosewood, for example, dried easily with only a small problem with end checking. Santos Rosewood, on the other hand, requires great care in drying as the wood has a tendency to check.
Brazilian Rosewood, an extremely hard wood, was easily worked with machine and hand tools. On the other hand, Santos Rosewood has an interlocking grain and can be difficult to work.
The high oil content of Santos Rosewood can make finishing difficult and can also complicate gluing. High oil content in Brazilian rosewood also added steps to working with the wood. Surfaces to be bonded should be wiped with a drying fluid to ald in adhesion, experts say.
Santos Rosewood grows in South America. Brazli supplies a great deal of the veneer to the U.S. market. The true rosewoods of commercial value include Honsuras rosewood (Dctlbergia stevensonii): coco bolo (Dalbergia retusa and related species): African blackwood, Madagascar rosewood and Indian rosewood.