Myrtlewood offers a strong fundamental with a powerful voice. Grown in the northwest, it is a favorite for many styles of playing and is used primarily for back and sides.
Latin Name: umbellularia californica, formerly oreodaphne californica
Origin: U.S.A.: California and Oregon
Tone Profile: Similar to maple, it is clear and bright with superb projection and sustain, and offers a very full and balanced sound.
Comparison: Similar to maple
Aesthetics: Highly unique, no two sets are alike. Coloration ranges from blonde to taupe.
Trivia / Fact: The leaves are frequently used in cooking as a substitute for bay leaves, and are also rumored to be effective as a flea repellant when freshly crushed.