Stringed Instrument Sanctuary
Whatever you choose to call them…headplates, headstock overlays, headstock veneers, peghead veneers or faceplates, the headplate finishes off your hard work on the neck. They cover the top of the peg head and provide a beautiful canvas to display your logo and craftsmanship. While they are mostly chosen for aesthetic reasons, they do provide rei...
Whatever you choose to call them…headplates, headstock overlays, headstock veneers, peghead veneers or faceplates, the headplate finishes off your hard work on the neck. They cover the top of the peg head and provide a beautiful canvas to display your logo and craftsmanship. While they are mostly chosen for aesthetic reasons, they do provide reinforcement to the scarf joint. We stock headplates to match most of our back and side sets. When you buy any of our headplates and back and side sets on the same order, we will try our best to match the wood in that order. As with all of our woods, please contact us if you want to see your headplate before shipping or have any special requirements.
|200-220 x 90-100 x 4 mm||7.8-8.7" x 3.5-3.9 x .16"|
** Dimensions can vary from headplate to headplate. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for exact sizes of YOUR headplate.
Still commonly referred to as Ceylon Ebony because the medium-sized tree reached its best development in Sri Lanka (formerly known as Ceylon). It’s also sometimes referred to as East Indian Ebony or simply Indian Ebony.
Indian ebony heartwood is a jet black, sometimes with grey or dark brown streaks. Pale yellow sapwood is clearly demarcated from heartwood. Ironically, the very best quality ebony looks like black plastic.
Our Ebony (Diospyros ebenum) comes from India and tends to be more uniformly black than we have seen from some sources, however, most Indian ebony is not perfectly jet black. Most boards have some visible grain and occasional streaks of greys and tans. We think these visual variations offer character and enhance the aesthetics of most guitars.
Ebony is usually not uniformly black.
One of the first great alternatives to Brazilian Rosewood, East Indian Rosewood is versatile, powerful, and one of the most popular tonewoods of the past 40 years.... it has been the go-to choice for boutique builders and major manufacturers because it's beautiful, extremely stable, and often much less expensive than more exotic rosewoods. Loved by flatpickers for its volume and booming low-end growl and by fingerpickers for its sparkling highs and distinct note separation, it can at times be precisely delicate and at others unapologetically thunderous.
East Indian Rosewood works equally well by hand or by machine and it bends quite comfortably. Although it's slightly less dense than Brazilian Rosewood, it is generally more dimensionally stable and significantly less prone to cracking.
East Indian Rosewood is visually stunning as well, with hues of chocolate brown commonly found alongside hints of gold, red and purple. The wood darkens with age, usually becoming a deep brown. All of this adds up to a tonewood that is dependably workable and audibly remarkable.
East Indian Rosewood is listed on CITES appendix II under the genus-wide restriction on all Dalbergia species—which also includes finished products made of the wood. It is also listed on the IUCN Red List as vulnerable due to a population reduction of over 20% in the past three generations, caused by a decline in its natural range, and exploitation.
Walnut is the only North American dark wood. Its heartwood varies from a purplish-brown with thin, dark veins to gray-brown and even orange-brown or lighter pale brown to a dark chocolate brown with darker brown streaks. It can sometimes have a grey, purple, or reddish cast The narrow sapwood tends to be white. Grain is usually straight, but can be irregular. Has a medium texture and moderate natural luster. Sapwood is pale yellow-gray to nearly white. Figured grain patterns such as curl, crotch, and burl are also seen. Under a gloss, the grain is very deep, thick and rich looking.
Glues, stains, and finishes well, (though walnut is rarely stained). It is somewhat softer than Maple though stiffer than Mahogany.
“Granadillo” is the common name most frequently applied to the quality hardwood that comes from several species within the Platymiscium genus. All are quality hardwood providing exceptional character, color and tonality.
Granadillo is prized for its reddish brown coloring that routinely includes blacks, violets and oranges mixed in; it has proven itself time and again as a premiere choice for both musical instruments and furniture alike. Heartwood color can be highly variable, ranging from a bright red to a darker reddish or purplish brown, frequently with darker stripes. When the wood is referred to as “Hormigo,” various suffixes are used to describe the heartwood color: “Hormigo Negro” for darker pieces or “Hormigo Rojo” for orangish red pieces. Clearly demarcated sapwood is yellow to white. Granadillo emits a caramel like scent when worked. It is also an excellent alternative to Cocobolo for those who do not wish to deal with the excessive oil and potential allergic reactions that true rosewoods sometimes induce. Typical straight grain patterns with some irregularity, it is also known to have frequent figuring.
As with all Platymiscium species, the heartwood is also extremely resistant to fungi and termite attack, which is due to its content of secondary metabolites.
Katalox has exceptional strength properties, and is among the very stiffest and strongest woods available worldwide. Its dark color makes it a popular substitute for ebony, and the wood is sometimes called Mexican Royal Ebony, though it is not a true ebony in the Diospyros genus. Grain is usually straight, but can also be irregular or interlocked. With a fine even texture and good natural luster. Varies depending upon species, but generally very durable. Heartwood is usually considered to have a high resistance to decay and termites; though it is susceptible to marine borers.