Tonewood Database

Tonewoods Database

Announcing the Guitarbench Tonewoods Database. Each week, starting from the 28/8/8, we will feature a different tonewood – from plain old sitka spruce to wandoo, our goal is to create a comprehensive resource for those seeking knowledge on tonewoods!

How to use the database

1. Listings are alphabetical according to the most common trade name. Scientific names are also included.

2. Listings have are headed by the Species, followed by the articles available under. Articles can be profiles and any relevant feature articles, the relevance will be stated next to the listing.

3. Feel free to link or use the data. You do not need to request permission to use or quote it as long as we are linked and cited.

Reference information

1. Janka stands for the Janka Wood Hardness Rating. It is a good measure of the durability and workability of a wood species. Wikipedia best explains what the test invovles.

The test measures the “force required to embed a 11.28 millimeter (0.444 inch) steel ball into wood to half its diameter.” We give our Janka rating the United States conventional units of pounds-force (lbf) unless stated. The units of measurement differs from country to country and can cause some confusion.

We also quote all of our Janka ratings at 12.5% moisture content as green wood has a lower Janka which is not relevant for tonewoods as only dried woods are used!

3. Specific gravity is best defined as the density of a substance compared to that of water. It is most accurately defined as “the ratio of the density of a given solid or liquid substance to the density of water at a specific temperature and pressure, typically at 4°C (39°F) and 1 atma (14.7 psia) , making it a dimensionless quantity.” (wikipedia). Hence, any wood with an SG >1 is denser than water and vice versa.

2. RIYL stands for Recommended If You Like. This is our opinion on which other woods this particular species is like.

3. Bling factor. Descriptive terms used to explain.

|Index|

I have listed up the first lot of articles we are preparing

 

 

A

African Blackwood | Dalbergia melanoxylon
Profile

African Padauk | Pterocarpus soyauxii
Profile

American Sycamore | Platanus occidentalis
Profile

Andaman Padauk | Pterocarpus dalbergoides
Profile

Australian Beefwood | Casuarina equisetifolia
Profile

Australian Blackwood | Acacia melanoxylon
Profile
– Australian Tonewoods Here

Australian Tonewoods
Article


 

B

Bastogne Walnut | Juglans x paradox Burbank
Profile

Black Cherry | Prunnus Serotina
Profile

Bloodwood | Brosimum rubescens
Profile

Bubinga | Guibourtia demeusei
Profile

Bunya | Araucaria Bidwillii
Profile


 

C

Claro Walnut | Juglans hindsii
Profile

Cocobolo | Dalbergia Retusa
Profile

Cuban Mahogany | Swietenia Mahogani
Profile



G

Gidgee | Acacia cambagei
Profile

Golden Narra | Pterocarpus indicus
Profile


H

Huon Pine | Lagarostrobos Franklinii
Profile

 

Honduran Mahogany | Swietenia macrophylla
The Tree Mahogany
Profile

 

I

Indian Rosewood | Dalbergia sissoo/latifolia
Profile


K

King Billy Pine | Athrotaxis selaginoides
Profile

 

Koa | Acacia Koa
Profile

 

L

Limba | Terminalia superba
Profile

 

 

M

Madagascan Rosewood | Dalbergia grevaena
Profile

Macassar Ebony | Diospyros celebica
Profile

Monkeypod | Samanea saman
Profile

Mountain Ash | Eucalyptus regnans
Australian Tonewoods Here
Profile

Movingui | Distemonathus Benthamianus
Profile

 

 

O

Oregon Myrtle/ California Laurel | Mbellularia Californica
Profile


P

 

Padauk | Pterocarpus
Profile
African Padauk (Pterocarpus soyauxii) Profile
Andaman Padauk (Pterocarpus dalbergioides) Profile

Pearwood | Pyrus communis
Profile

Pau Ferro | Machaerium scleroxylum
Profile

Port Orford Cedar | Chamaecyparis Lawsoniana
Profile


R

Redwood (Coastal) | Sequoia sempervirens
Profile

Lucky Strike Redwood

 

S

Sassafras, Blackheart | Atheromsperma moschatum
Profile

Sitka Spruce | Picea Sitchensis
Profile
Legend of the Golden Spruce (Feature article on the Golden Sitka Spruce)
– Killing the Golden Spruce (book review)

 

V

Vanuatu Blackwood | Aciacia heterophylla
Profile

 

W

Wenge | Millettia laurentii
Profile

Western Australian Sheoak | Casuarina fraserana
– Australian TonewoodsHere
Profile


Y

Yew (European)| Taxus baccata
Profile


Z

Zebrawood | Microberlinia brazzavillensis
Profile

Ziricote | Cordia dodecandra
Profile

 

 

 

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