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Rosewood vs. Pau Ferro

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by JTGale, Feb 5, 2006.

  1. JTGale


    Oct 26, 2004
    Hummelstown, PA
    Just curious, but has anyone "A/B'ed" rosewood and pau ferro? I have worked with rosewood, ebony and maple but never pau ferro and am curious about a few things: the relative warmth difference (from rosewood), how is pau ferro to work with, is it a "hard" wood, are there any dangers to working with it, and finally, what about longevity?

    TIA for all your help!

  2. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    Pau ferro is a sensitizer, but so are most of the rosewoods. It's pretty hard and dense, in the same class as dalbergia, about the same to work as rosewood in terms of hardness. Might be a liitle more likely to have interlocked grain that will lift during planing, and definately loads abrasives less.