Australian Blackwood headstock veneer
Minimum Dimensions - 75mm x 2.5mm x 190mm (3" x 3/32" x 7 1/2")
Black Acacia, also known as Flamed Blackwood or Australian Blackwood has been used for only a short time in instrument construction but has already gained a reputation among luthiers as a good guitar back and sides material for classical, acoustic and archtop guitars.
This timber is extremely similar to Flamed Koa, in fact both timbers belong to the Acacia family. Australian Blackwood was originally used as a substitute for Koa, however it is now a popular timber in its own right.
Quality - Obtaining high quality well-flamed Australian Blackwood is reasonably difficult. This is due to the fact that most of the yield of a log is either too plain or has flaws such as open knots and rot which render it unusable in instruments. Despite this we are offering high quality, highly-flamed sets with no flaws.
Look - As mentioned previously Tasmanian Flamed Blackwood looks remarkably like Flamed Koa, and is an excellent, cheaper substitute. Tasmanian Blackwood is dark brown/gold with, in some cases, very dark brown or mauve streaks. The flames occur similar to Flamed Maple and acquire a 3-dimensional property.
Price - Highly figured sets of Black Acacia, although rare, can still be obtained for much less than koa of the same quality. As this timber's popularity increases further we expect the price will too.
Availability/Renewability - There is a very limited amount of this timber available, figured stock is especially rare. Fortunately Blackwood is not used on a large scale in any industry leaving the timber for fine woodworking including lutherie.