Wood Profile: Indian Rosewood


Indian rosewood has been the standard rosewood choice for decades. It is often associated with the great dreadnoughts, and is an amazingly neutral wood that takes its personality from the player. Well-balanced lows, mids, and highs make it a natural for many styles.

Latin Name: dalbergia latifolia/sisso

Origin: India and southern Iran

Tone Profile: Well-balanced lows, mids, and highs. Famous for rich basses and clear treble response.

Comparison: Slightly less dense with more even grain than Brazilian rosewood

Aesthetics: Black-streaked wood with coloration that usually leans toward purplish brown, and then oxidizes to a rich brown color.

Trivia / Fact: For the past 30 years, a vast majority of high-end steel-string and classical guitars have been made from Indian rosewood.

Indian Rosewood Images