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Cocobolo Wood Veneer

Cocobolo VeneerEven the name of this wood veneer can ignite a certain passion in the heart of a woodworker. This exceptionally rare tree is not often found outside of national parks and preserves. In fact, some species are currently listed as "endangered" by CITES. Because of its oustanding acoustic properties, this species has been a favorite among guitar builders like Ibanez, PRS, and Taylor guitars.

Common Name:   Cocobolo, and often wrongly called Granadillo or Coral Rosewood
Scientific Name:
  Dalbergia retusa or Dalbergia hypoleuca
Family:
  Leguminosae
Color:
  Orange and reddish-brown with dark brown or black streaks
Origin:
  Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama, Mexico, and Costa Rica
Hardness:
  Very hard
Texture:
  Fine, even
Finishing:
  Readily accepts stains and finishes
Did You Know:   The cocobolo tree can reach a height of more than 80 feet and has a specific gravity of over 1.0 so it will often sink in water.


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