See why its called Blackwood?

African Blackwood (Dalbergia melanoxylon) is the wood of choice for oboes, clarinets and bagpipes. It is extremely hard and difficult to work, and it may only be available as 3-piece backs.

African Blackwood is dense, stiff, and beautiful. Its heartwood is solid black and takes a terific polish even before finishing. The sapwood is a creamy tan, and the contrast with the stark black of the heartwood makes a very striking guitar. It has an incredible tap-tone and several makers believe African Blackwood is superior to Brazilian rosewood. The downside is the high price and limited availability. It can also be a bear to bend.