“I personally select the planks that are going to be in my stock and therefore which will become instruments.
I’ve chosen the types of wood which in my experience give the best results in terms of tonal response, weight, stability, figure and workability.
For example: Black Limba, Swamp Ash, Mahogany, for bodies. Flamed Maple, Wenge, Rosewood, Bubinga, Ebony for necks and fretboards; All the most killer looking woods for tops, such as Cocobolo, Figured Ebony, Flamed and Quilted Maple, etc.
I’m happy to use and discuss any different types of wood that you have in mind for your instrument, and any suggestion is more than welcome.
By clicking on the list below (you might need to disable Adblock) you’ll find a short description of each type, which is far from being complete and totally exhaustive, but it helps to give you a rough idea on the characteristics of each wood; if you’d like to have more information, just drop me an email.” Luigi Valenti
Quilted Maple AAAA+ grade
Ebony (Jet black)
A QUICK NOTE
“Deforestation is a huge problem nowadays, and if we keep going without thinking about it a great amount of species of trees will go extinct within our generation. Cocobolo, Bubinga, all the subspecies of Rosewood, certain types of Mahogany etc. are all in danger. I offer all these amazing tonewoods in my catalogue because I buy them from CITES (Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species) and Rainforest Alliance certified suppliers; also all the planks have been in the drying process for at least 10 years, therefore it is not newly cut wood.
A special mention goes to Ebony: finding pure black Ebony is becoming a problem, because in Nature there’s only one totally black tree out of 20. Think about all the instruments with an ebony fretboard on them and you’ll see where the problem lies. Because of this I’d rather use figured Ebony, which is exactly the same as the ”standard” Ebony with the difference that it has some patterns in it (lighter stripes, flames, quilt etc.). I also find it more attractive and interesting than the usual one. I still have a private stock of 35 year old black Ebony fretboard planks, if you do want it!” Luigi Valenti