Macassar Ebony

A Very Hard, Very Beautiful Tonewood.

Far surpasses Brazilian Rosewood as a neck material.

Abstract Neck Thru Body Quicksilver for Kevin Pauli

Quicksilver Comes With A Set Neck Also !!

Not usually recommended !!!!

 Sometimes called "Striped Ebony"  Macassar Ebony is a tight grained great sounding wood!!!
Ed personally uses it on the neck of his main guitar.
This is a very hard wood and only a few companies are using it for guitars.
 We use it quite a bit for custom necks on Quicksilvers  & occasionally on a Centurion neck or top.

Custom Made Marrakesh Models

Prices Will Vary Based on Amount of Figuring

This photo has a number of glare spots
(Suffice it to say the guitar looks better than the photo)

 Call Ed Roman 702.875.4552


Macassar Ebony Neck On A Pearlcaster

Available On Quicksilver, Abstract, LSR, Scorpion, JET & Centurion Guitars

Awesome Macassar on James Hetfield's Custom Made Guitar

Macassar Ebony For Top's & Necks

Early Quicksilver Guitar With Macassar Ebony Top

Macassar Ebony For Bodies & Tops

Currently I am buying 9 different species of Macassar
Most of the beautiful striped wood comes from the Far East.

Custom Made Quicksilver Omega Using Macassar Ebony Top
Custom Made for Pete Kupershmid

 Reader Written

Very Interesting Information

Just read your section on “old wood” on your website, and wanted to offer my two cents.  I’ve always held the assumption that old wood must be better for guitar building, because it’s denser than modern wood.  But I’ve never built a guitar don’t have any expertise there, so I can’t speak to the quality of “old wood” for guitar construction.  But I’m a professional wildlife biologist, and have studied forested wildlife habitat and its development extensively.  So let me give you a new perspective on “old wood”.  Here’s how “old wood” gets that way, and the reasons for its greater density than modern wood. 


The physical structure of forests worldwide has changed over the centuries.  To greatly oversimplify a complex situation that varies from one ecosystem to another, forests used to consist of much larger, older trees more widely spaced, not denser, than they are today.  Trees of many species grow rapidly in early life and slow down greatly as they get older.  Rapid growth leads to widely spaced growth rings, and thus less dense, less resonant wood.  A maple, for instance, might grow quite rapidly for the first 50 years or so, and grow to a respectable size laying down relatively thick layers of low-density wood.  But it can live another couple of hundred years beyond that, growing more slowly, and depositing much thinner, more closely-spaced layers of dense, resonant wood.   The cellular structure of slow-growing, dense wood is tighter, with higher content of lignin and other structural proteins, and that probably lends it more resonance.  So “old wood” comes from old trees.


So why don’t modern trees produce the same kind of wood?  Two reasons.  First & foremost, they are logged before they get old enough for growth rates to slow.  Since commercial timber harvesting came to North America with Europeans, we’ve cut the vast majority of the really old trees.  Now that the old trees are cut and timber companies are trying to harvest timber like a crop, time is money.  When the growth rate of a stand of trees slows down, the rate at which an acre of land produces more board feet of lumber slows down.  It is more profitable for timber companies to keep the forest in the fast-growing phase, so they cut it and replant it.  Most commercially logged forests (including our National Forests) are cut on roughly a 60-year rotation.  For similar reasons, less well-regulated forests, say, in the tropics (mahogany, etc.) are nowadays cut before they can get old and produce dense, high-quality wood.  The easily accessible 500-year-old, 10-12 foot-thick mahogany trees were cut years ago.  Now all that remains are much younger trees that are cut as soon as they get to a respectable size.


The other reason that forests were less densely populated, with larger trees (at least in temperate coniferous forests) is fire suppression.  Before people started putting out every forest fire as soon as they could, forest fires were frequent, but low-intensity.   Frequent fires burned up the readily available fuel (brush, dead limbs, small trees) in the forest under-story.  Very young trees were routinely killed by these frequent, low-intensity fires, so relatively few trees grew to a size where they had sufficiently thick bark, and lower branches sufficiently high off the forest floor, to avoid being killed by fire.  So we get a forest structure consisting of big, old trees spaced widely apart.  Every five years or so, a fire comes through, burns what little fuel has accumulated, and doesn’t burn hot enough o kill the mature trees.  In contrast, when every fire that might go through a forest is put out, young trees that would otherwise be killed by fire are allowed to grow, resulting in a denser forest.  Also, fuel loads (brush, dead limbs, etc.) are allowed to accumulate, so that when a fire does manage to burn through the forest, it burns much hotter than fires used to.  Instead of a tame little fire creeping through the dry grass at the base of huge majestic trees with their vulnerable foliage high above the fire, you have fire burning through dead brush and limbs, climbing up into the canopy of the forest, killing the trees, and once again preventing the development of really old, dense wood.


So where can we get top-quality old wood today? Start sawing up antique furniture!


John Martin

San Diego, California