Blackheart Sassafras


Tasmanian Blackheart Sassafras (Atherosperma moschatum) species is visually outstanding. You will be sure to gain a crowd even before you start playing the guitar! Blackheart Sassafras has a very unique sound and has often said to fall tonally between Walnut and Maple, balanced across the tonal range and remains very responsive to the player. - A very beautifully unique personality all round.

Our high standards in processing quality luthier timbers is a timely task that often takes five years from log to guitar kit. Our methodology of log selection and quality control of each Blackheart Sassafras flitch yields about 20% of the initial quantity, the remaining material being used in fine furniture.

Tonewood Collection -> Tasmanian Blackheart Sassafras

Common Name(s): Blackheart Sassafras, Tasmanian Sassafras
Scientific Name: Atherosperma moschatum
Distribution: Australia
Tree Size: 50-80 ft (15-25 m) tall, 2-3 ft (.6-1.0 m) trunk diameter
Average Dried Weight: 39 lbs/ft3 (620 kg/m3)
Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .50, .62
Janka Hardness: 1,090 lbf (4,860 N)
Modulus of Rupture: 14,570 lbf/in2 (100.5 MPa)
Elastic Modulus: 1,827,000 lbf/in2 (12.60 GPa)
Crushing Strength: 6,400 lbf/in2 (44.1 MPa)
Shrinkage: Radial: 2.5%, Tangential: 6.3%, Volumetric: 8.9%, T/R Ratio: 2.5

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