Walnut (Claro, Black) Tonewoods
We source our highly figured claro walnut, Juglans hindsii, right here in Oregon. Walnut is a beautiful heartwood that ranges from a lighter pale brown to a dark chocolate brown with darker brown streaks. The colors can sometimes have a grey, purple, or reddish cast. The sapwood is pale yellow-gray to nearly white. Some of the most stunning Breedlove custom guitars have been crafted with walnut back and sides – on occasion, even walnut tops.
Claro walnut is a medium-sized tree of short bulky proportions. It grows up to 30–60 feet (9.1–18.3 m) tall, has a single erect trunk, commonly without branches for 10–40 feet (3.0–12.2 m), and a crown that can be wider than the tree is tall. Trunks commonly reach 5–6 feet (1.5–1.8 m) in diameter near the base of the tree. It has a specific gravity of 0.64 -10% higher than mahogany. Its weight in pounds per cubic feet averages 40.
Walnut is a midrange tonewood, known for its warmth more than its sparkle…a more effective fingerstyle tonewood.
Breedlove has incredible walnut tonewood sets in its exotic custom shop library.