A reddish-brown hardwood from South America

Machiche is a South American hardwood increasingly used among acoustical guitar luthiers who regard it as a ”tonewood” with rich sustain and crisp projection. Finely grained in pinkish reds and deeper browns, this hardwood is medium in weight, also quite hard but machines and cuts easily.

The tonal qualities are of course less observable in Stick manufacture where the touch is basically light, the tapping action set very low, and where the strings are tuned to relatively less tension. Still, there’s a subtle beauty, uniformity and reliability to the newest pre-machine cut hardwood blanks that we now have in stock. The instrument shown here has our new "goldilocks" medium height Rails® precision tapping frets, made from 5/32" stainless steel bar stock for low action.


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