Ziricote

Ziricote

 

Cordia dodecandra

 

From Mexico and Belize. This wood is sometimes called Mexican Ebony, though it's not really black and it's not an ebony. The pretty pieces are a dark gray with black streaks, and the really pretty pieces will knock your socks off. A favorite for fingerstyle. It is said to be comparable to ebony when worked and can be brittle.

 

I find Zircote to be one of the most visually appealing woods on the planet. It has wonderful colors that intertwine vivid black ink lines with grays, golds, browns, olives and rust colors. It is one of my most favorite woods to build with. The wood has a more rosewood-ish tone, although it is not a member of the Dalbergia family.

 

It has excellent low dampening qualities similar to most rosewoods with a clean resonant reverbery characteristic. Zircote pairs well with almost any top to bring a wide tonal variety to the builder’s pallet. The tone of Ziricote as falls between Indian rosewood and Macassar Ebony- it has more clarity than Indian but provides more overtones than Macassar.

 

From Mexico, Ziricote is most striking in appearance, much like Brazilian Rosewood with "spider-webbing" but in shades of grays and olive greens with black rather than reds with black. Always visually stunning. It is heavier than most rosewoods but both its tonal and aesthetic qualities are great. It's tone is comparable to Brazilian Rosewood in that it has a deep boomy sound with sparkling highs.

 

If your looking for an instrument that will turn heads, Ziricote is the wood to use.

 

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