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Sonowood: the sustainable wood for your musical instrument.

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Sonowood makes your instrument sound better.

For the manufacturing of musical instruments, tropical woods are highly esteemed thanks to high hardness and density, advanced dimensional stability and aesthetic dark coloration. However, excessive and unregulated exploitation has resulted in a rapidly decreasing availability of the material. Increasingly strict governmental regulations, such as CITES, aim to protect the biodiversity. As a result, import and trade of tropical woods are closely controlled and often only allowed with certain certificates.

This is why we have developed Sonowood. Sonowood matches the favourable properties of tropical woods while being a completely legal alternative. In addition to being environmentally friendly, the technology offers adjustability of a wide range of parameters.

Sonowood is the best alternative wood for your musical instrument, made of 100% real AND indigenous wood. Further detailed information is presented on the Sonowood flyer available for download.

Sonowood Flyer

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  • Sonowood bears a range of advantages:

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    The real thing

    Sonowood is NOT a composite material, it is fully authentic wood, with straightforward workability.

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    Superior acoustics

    High sound velocity, low damping. Fully approved by musicians and instrument makers.

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    Continuous availability

    Despite being a natural material, Sonowood is available continuously in constant quality.

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    Preserving biodiversity

    Sonowood is manufactured from sustainable European wood species.

  • icon no legal restrictions

    Sonowood does not contain wood species listed on CITES, therefore no trade and import restrictions occur.

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    Strings

    Learn more about the application of Sonowood in violins, violas and cellos.

    Strings >

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    Guitars

    Learn more about the applications of Sonowood in guitars and e-guitars.

    Guitars >

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    Testimonials

    We think Sonowood is the best. But don't just take our word for it: read what the users say.

    Testimonials >

Types of Sonowood


  • Sonowood Maple

  • For string instruments and guitars

  • Product range:

    • Fingerboards for violin, viola, cello and guitar; as square timbers
    • Tailpieces for violin, viola, cello and double bass
    • Pegs square timbers are provided for violin, viola and cello
    • Chinrest
    • Full set as square timbers
  • Technical data:

    • Sycamore maple (Acer pseudoplatanus)
    • Colour: mocha
    • Density: 1'200 – 1'400 kg/m³
    • Brinell hardness: > 80 N/mm²
    • Dimensional stability: height ~ 0.7%,
      width ~ 0.3% per % moisture content change
    • Sound velocity: > 4'400 m/s
    • Damping (log. decrement): ~ 0.053
    • Dynamic elastic modulus:
      > 23'000 N/mm²


  • Sonowood Spruce

  • For string instruments and guitars

  • Product range

    • Fingerboards for violin, viola, cello and guitar; as square timbers
    • Tailpieces for violin, viola, cello and double bass
  • Technical data

    • Made of Spruce (Picea abies)
    • Colour: caramel
    • Density: 1'300 – 1'400 kg/m³
    • Brinell hardness: > 100 N/mm²
    • Dimensional stability: height ~ 0.75,
      width ~0.33 % per % moisture content change
    • Sound velocity: > 5'500 m/s
    • Damping (log. decrement): ~ 0.04
    • Dynamic elastic modulus:
      > 39'000 N/mm²


  • Sonowood Walnut

  • For string instruments and guitars

  • Product range:

    • Fingerboards for violin, viola, cello and guitar; as square timbers
  • Technical data:

    • Walnut (Juglans regia)
    • Colour: darkbrown to black
    • Density: 1'200 – 1'400 kg/m³
    • Brinell hardness: > 80 N/mm²
    • Dimensional stability: height ~ 0.29%,
      width ~ 0.3% per % moisture content change
    • Sound velocity: > 4'400 m/s
    • Dynamic elastic modulus:
      > 23'000 N/mm²

Let us introduce you to the world of Sonowood: