"Our mission is to produce guitar and bass machine heads exactly according to the needs of today's musicians. It's not about completely reinventing the wheel. We want to improve the existing ones in order to offer you a quality and, above all, a variety of variants that is unrivaled on the market and of course we don't lose sight of the topic of sustainability."
Is it okay to use exotic woods?
Basically, all our wood comes from India and without exception from certified cultivation. The timber is grown in plantations and monitored and approved by the Indian State Forest Service.
What many people don't know is that there are several hundred types of ebony and rosewood all over the world. Unfortunately, many of the world's ebony and rosewood species, especially African ones, have been considered endangered for many years.
Therefore, instead of using the endangered Indian rosewood (Dalbergia Latifolia), we use the non-endangered tamarind wood (Tamarindus indica), also known as Indian dates. The second type of wood we use is East Indian ebony (Diospyros melanoxylon), which, unlike African ebony, is not considered critically endangered.
We also want to give something back to nature and therefore plant a tree in India for every Monkey Locks - Locking Tuners Set with wooden buttons sold.
The East Indian ebony (Diospyros melanoxylon), also called Coromandel or Kendu/Tendu, is also not on the red list compared to many other ebony species.
East Indian ebony is a black, smooth and above all hard wood. As a result, it has an extremely elegant look and is therefore ideal as a button for guitar and bass mechanics.
By the way:
The leaves of this tree are also used as rolling paper for the Indian Beedi cigarettes.
Tamarind wood (Tamarindus indica), also known as Indian dates, is a wood with properties similar to Indian rosewood. But tamarind wood is not on the red list, which is why we chose this excellent wood.
Tamarind wood has a beautiful, open-pored brown surface, which goes very well with guitars with a wood look and just as well with rosewood-like fretboards. Its properties make it a very good material for mechanical buttons.
By the way:
Many of you know the sweet tamarind fruit of the tree primarily as a tamarind sauce from Asian cuisine.