- Part I: The Many Unspoken Secrets
- Part 2: The New Hakaranda
- Part 3: Rare Rosewoods behind the New Hakaranda
- Part 4: Post Rosewood
The two most popular types of rosewood are Hakaranda, the highest grade of rosewood, and Indian rosewood, a relatively inexpensive type of rosewood that is now mainstream.
Martinand many other high-end guitar makers!
This time, the Hakaranda has been replaced by the”New Hakaranda”from famous brands in Japan and abroad!
Brazilian rosewood, the highest peak of rosewood(Hakaranda/Since then, Hakaranda has been used as the name of the wood.)and the relatively inexpensive Indian rosewood that is now the mainstream.Vol. 1As discussed in Vol. 1, the use of Hakaranda, which has excellent sound characteristics, has become extremely difficult due to skyrocketing prices and the depletion of stored wood. In order to replace the Hakaranda, a new type of rosewood has emerged. ”New Hakaranda” This is a high-end rosewood material that is being used for high-end guitars by well-known brands in Japan and abroad.
Currently, Martin keeps its stock of Hakaranda and Madagascar at separate locations because it would be difficult to tell them apart if they were matched.
The Madagascar rosewood is the closest in appearance to the Hakaranda among the rosewood alternatives.
The sound quality is also the closest to that of Hakaranda, with a response that approaches that of Brazilian, a wide range, low-frequency contours, and high-frequency loss.
Although it was first used as a substitute for rosewood, it is now used as a substitute for rosewood in the United States due to the problem of logging by illegal gangs and other reasons.2000In 1985, the government of Madagascar banned logging in protected areas, and restrictions were also put in place by the Washington Convention, making it difficult to obtain.
A reproduction of prewar specifications from the Hakaranda era.Martinand high-end models of luxury brands.
- Martin D-45
MartinThe pinnacle ofD-45。
In recent years, various reissued, custom, and limited models have been released.
MartinMartin actively uses Madagascar rosewood in its highest-ranked models. It plays a very important role in creating high-level instruments, which is no wonder why it is called "the highest rank of the current models.
- This is2012Made in 1949,D-45 Madagascar Anaheim。2012Announced at the Anaheim Guitar Show in 2006, for sale in Japan.20It is a limited edition model.
"Madagascar".The word "Madagascar" in the model name indicates the value of Madagascar rosewood.
Vertical logo with snowflake inlay,WEVERLYThe open-back pegs of the WEVERLY are faithfully reissued to the old specifications, giving the instrument a high-class appearance.
2Madagascar wood is used spaciously in the piece back. You can enjoy the expression of the fine and tight grain, from straight and flowing grain to undulating grain.1This is one of the most popular woods in the world.
The side of the wood has a clear line of black tar similar to that of Hakaranda. The ultra-dense grain creates a sense of attack and range that is clearly different from that of an Indian.
- Greven Vintage D
Collings, Bourgeiosand many others, especially in foreign countries.Martin.A well-known workshop that produces high-end guitars of the Martin type is active in this area.
Among them are the pre-warMartintype is the master craftsmanJohn Greven (John Greven)Mr. Greven'sGreven Guitars。
In addition to using Hakaranda on their top-of-the-line models, they also use Madagascar Rosewood, Honduras Rosewood, and a number of hard-to-find new Hakarandas to produce guitars with an ideal sound.
- This is2007This guitar was made in 1949,The Oshio D Vintage。
GrevenPopular models ofVintage Dand Kotaro Oshio's signature modelThe Oshio DThe Oshio D is a rare model that combines the specs of
Vintage-specific”roaring sound with a core”The sound is made of high quality Madagascar Rosewood to reproduce the vintage's distinctive core roar. The sound is finished with a powerful and solid tone.
Compared to Hakaranda, many Madagascar rosewoods have a whitish brown color, but this one has a strong reddish color with thin black lines. The coloring is similar to that of Honduran rosewood.
As with Hakaranda, it can be seen that there are various expressions depending on the individual.
“New Hakaranda”New Hakaranda is a representative species of Honduran rosewood. Compared to Madagascar, it has a more reddish-brown color and a more uniform appearance, with less exotic yarns in the grain than Brazilian.
It certainly has a drier sound than Indian Rose, and its range and contours make it a suitable acoustic alternative to Hakaranda.
“Honduras.”The country of origin is Belize, which is located at the base of the Yucatan Peninsula, on the other side of the Gulf of Honduras.
In addition to guitars, it is also used in high-end furniture, pianos, and xylophones, but is currently difficult to obtain due to restrictions under the Washington Convention. Some builders say that its acoustic characteristics are even better than those of Hakaranda.
While Madagascar rosewood is used by many foreign brands such as Martin, Honduran rosewood is often seen in private studios in Japan. It is commonly referred to as "Honduran Rosewood.
Divisor, whose factory is located in Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture, Japan. Currently led by master craftsman Yasuo Momose,momose,Bacchus,HEADWAYand various other brands.
The acoustic brandHEADWAYis80In the 1950s, a fire broke out in the factory and production was halted,1999In 1949, the company rebuilt its production line for acoustic guitars.
Today, in addition to Indian rosewood, many rare woods such as New Hakaranda are used. The company now offers a wide variety of models.
- Popular Headway modelsHOseries.000Type.HFseries, whereas the longer scaleOMtype model.
This one is2003High grade model made in 2006, limited production,HO-450The HO-450 is made of Honduran rosewood with a tight grain. It is made of Honduran rosewood with a tight grain.
It has a reddish color compared to other species of rosewood. It is hard to get yani like Hakaranda and Madagascar, but expressive and undulating grain can be seen even though the grain is tight, and the response and range of the sound are appropriate for New Hakaranda. The surface gloss is also different from that of Indian, and has an atmosphere similar to that of Madagascar.
- Terry's Terry
Terry was a member of Yamaha in the early days of acoustic guitars in Japan,FGTerumi Nakamoto, a.k.a. Terry Nakamoto, worked for Yamaha during the early days of acoustic guitars in Japan and introduced many folk guitars such as the FG series. Terumi Nakamoto, also known as Terry Nakamoto, was with Yamaha during the early days of acoustic guitars in Japan.FGThese guitars are now sold at a high price.
Currently, his ownTerry's Terry (Terry's Terry)Terry's Terry" brand was launched, and despite its high-end guitars, it is common for customers to wait several years for an order. It is renowned as the best acoustic guitar in Japan.
Although they rarely use Hakaranda and other woods, they are known to prefer Honduran rosewood for their regular models.
- This is1996made in 1949,T'sTT'sT is a representative model ofTJ-100The TJ-100 is a representative model of the TJ-100 series. The entire bandwidth is prominent, and its volume and overtones are the best.
Unusually for Honduras, it has a darker color and blurred grain, giving it the appearance of darker Indian rosewood.
At first glance, it does not look like Honduran rosewood,T'sTHowever, many of the Honduran Rosewoods used in T'sT are grained like this, T'sTThe appearance of the wood may be the result of selecting a wood that can bring out the overwhelming sense of overtones that is unique to T'sT.
This timeMartinand other rosewoods used in various high-end models in Japan and abroad!
New Hakaranda is used in high-end models from top manufacturers to private workshops!
New Hakaranda is no longer a substitute material, but each has its own value and is highly valued!
And riding on this wave, various species of leguminous rosewoods have appeared one after another in recent years!…! To be continued...