Pyrus communis| Tonewood Profile | ”Pearwood”
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European and Pacific Yew are very similar species, in terms of physical properties.
Pearwood is a cultivated species native to temperate Europe. It attains heights of 17m. It is highly prized for food but has been used for furniture and woodwind instruments.
This species is cultivated as an ornamental but also for it’s fruit. Usually only old trees are harvested for timber hence the relative scarcity.
It has a Janka rating of approximately 1,000 lbs-force and a specific gravity of 0.7. It can be stable and durable once steamed.
As a tonewood…
I have found it to have a tone between maple and mahogany with sweet overtones. Adrian Lucas finds it “gives a breezy open sound to a guitar and I found it particularly successful on a baritone where the bass was not overloaded.“
limited. Most stocks come from Germany and Switzerland.
Adrian Lucas www.lucasguitars.co.uk
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