Tasmanian Blackwood is an acacia wood species that is sometimes compared to Hawaiian Koa, another acacia species. Colour can be highly variable, but tends to be medium golden or reddish brown, similar to Koa or Mahogany. There are usually contrasting bands of colour in the growth rings, and it is not uncommon to see boards with ribbon-like streaks of colour. Boards figured with wavy and/or curly grain are also not uncommon.
Its tonal range is similar to both Koa and Mahogany, featuring a strong midrange focus that is dry, clear and warm, with a splash of top-end shimmer and richness comparable to Indian rosewood. The overall volume and projection are strong.
Blackwood is a medium size tree native to Eastern Australia and Tasmania. It grows in rainforests to a height of approximately 35 metres. This species is sourced from forests that are responsibly managed, making it a sustainable wood for guitar making.
It is a close relative of the Hawaiian Koa wood, which is famous for use in musical instruments. Australian Blackwood compares very closely with Koa. Australian Blackwood tends to have a straighter grain, and slightly better machining characteristics and is sustainable alternative to Koa. Fiddleback, figured and quilted Blackwood is highly sought after by luthiers for musical instruments.