Rosewood – Madagascan

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Botanical Name

Dalbergia baronii; Dalbergia breveana; Dalbergia madagascariensis; Dalbergia monticola

Other Names

Rosewood – Madagascan

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Grain Pattern




Avg Dry Weight - LB/FT3


Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3


Janka Hardness - LBF


Janka Hardness - Newtons


Madagascar Rosewood is a very popular wood with both acoustic and electric guitar luthiers (especially the former), as well as furniture craftsmen, despite being a wood that has been difficult to acquire in the US for the bulk of this new millennium. Depending on the specific species, heartwood colors can range anywhere from a pale yellowish-brown to orangish-red to deep burgundy to a chocolate brown, typically highlighted by bold black ink lines and secondary hues. Its straight grains and medium texture generally make for excellent working properties, despite its considerable hardness and density; its cuts, turns and finishes beautifully, with a nice natural luster.

The wood typically has a high natural oil content, which can make gluing challenging.


Sustainability: Listed in CITES Appendix II, and reported as “Vulnerable” to “Near Threatened” (depending on specific species) by the IUCN; part of the Dalbergia -genus worldwide exportation ban.

Common Uses: Veneer, musical instruments, boats and shipbuilding, furniture, cabinetry, trim work, flooring, inlays, carving, turned objects, and other small specialty wood items.

Comments: There are four distinctly different Dalbergia species which are all commonly called “Madagascar Rosewood.” Back in the 1990’s, wood poaching on the African island of Madagascar reached epidemic proportions. Logging and exportation of the wood was banned, in response, in 2000, but was lifted in 2012, in the aftermath of major political upheaval in 2009. Madagascar Rosewood’s exportation was once again banned in 2015, but between an unwaivering demand for the lumber and continuing poverty throughout the region, the illegal logging trade has continued (despite bans).

Species Description: Wood Species

Fingerboard - Rosewood - Madagascan
$30.0021 x 3 x 0.3 inFINGERROSEMAD1001

Madagascan Rosewood Fingerboard

21″ x 3″ (taper) x 0.30″ (minimum)

Manufactured with luthiers in mind, but excellent blanks for box-making and other smaller items

Photographs are representative of what you will receive

If you have a strict dimensional requirement, please contact us to confirm we select the correct dimensions for you.

Rosewood - Madagascan
$110.5236.3 x 7.5 x 1.1 inROSEMAD1016

End check; not fully surfaced one face

Rosewood - Madagascan
$217.9261 x 8.8 x 1.2 inROSEMAD1015

End check; some checking

Rosewood - Madagascan
$239.3952.3 x 10.25 x 1.25 inROSEMAD1014
Out of stock

Some wormholes; gorgeous

Rosewood - Madagascan
$171.0553.2 x 8.8 x 1.2 inROSEMAD1013

Divot one face; rough edges

Rosewood - Madagascan
$169.4842.6 x 9.8 x 1.2 inROSEMAD1012
Out of stock

Some wormholes; nice

Rosewood - Madagascan
$193.7548.7 x 9.8 x 1.1 inROSEMAD1011

A few wormholes

Rosewood - Madagascan
$134.2441.75 x 9.9 x 1 inROSEMAD1010
Out of stock

Check one face; some sapwood

Rosewood - Madagascan
$195.2355.2 x 9.9 x 1 inROSEMAD1009
Out of stock

Very nice

Rosewood - Madagascan
$192.0644.8 x 6.6 x 2.1 inROSEMAD1008

Slight checking

Rosewood - Madagascan
$186.9143.6 x 6.6 x 2.1 inROSEMAD1007

Pith separation one face

Rosewood - Madagascan
$293.7377.8 x 9.3 x 1.1 inROSEMAD1006

Some wormholes

Rosewood - Madagascan
$483.62114 x 9.5 x 1.2 inROSEMAD1005
Out of stock

Saw kerf one edge; divot one face; exceptional figure. Must be crosscut to ship. Call for info.

Rosewood - Madagascan
$268.5360 x 8.25 x 1.1 inROSEMAD1003
Out of stock


Rosewood - Madagascan
$103.4428.25 x 8.25 x 1.1 inROSEMAD1004
Out of stock

Worm holes, partially surfaced

Rosewood - Madagascan
$156.6435 x 8.25 x 1.25 inROSEMAD1002
Out of stock


Rosewood - Madagascan
$267.4159.75 x 8.25 x 1.25 inROSEMAD1001
Out of stock

Small defect one side


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