View Full Version : Purple Heart!

03-03-2011, 12:05 AM
it's such a beautiful wood, but i read that it is very brittle. what parts of the ukulele would be suitable to make with purple heart? how bout the sap wood? is it brittle as well?

Ken W
03-03-2011, 10:29 AM
I just used some purple heart for the peghead overlay and fretboard on a banjo. It is the first time that I've used it for an instrument and it seems to work well in this application. It is brittle, but seems like a good, dense, hard wood for the fingerboard. More experienced builders may have found otherwise, however.


03-03-2011, 11:02 AM
Is it not supposed to be really heavey hense its use in only fret boards and laminate finishes

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
03-03-2011, 11:43 AM
I've used it in the past as bindings and fret boards and it's worked fine. I just don't like the color.

03-04-2011, 07:06 AM
We've used it for various parts, including the topwood of a bass (e-bass that is) on top of an alder body. I would not say it's easy to work with. Especially drilling and routing can be a problem as the edges can tear unexpectedly. But it's worth it :music:

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