Over the past 19 years of construction, repairing and restoring stringed instruments, Barrientos Guitars has constructed, repaired, restored and refretted many stringed instruments from classical guitars to Cuban Tres, violins to double basses. All the woods we use are from 15 to 50 years old. They have to be aged for the sound to be accurate. Our woods are naturally air-dried to insure the proper moisture balance. The wood comes to us in log form and ready to use quarter sawn tonewood . Tight grained woods are the best because of their strength and resiliency. Pieces with matching grain patterns are used for the back and corresponding sides of our instruments to give an equal tonal response. Lutherie Barrientos stock of lumber ranges from Indian Rosewood, Honduras Cedar, Bird’s Eye Maple, Curly Maple, German Spruce and Nigerian Ebony with supplies of hand-crafted mother-of-pearl inlays and hand cut wooden marquetry made to specification.