African Mahogany

BOTANIC NAME: Khaya ivorensis.

COMMON NAMES: Khaya, African mahogany.

ORIGIN: Cameroun.

DESCRIPTION: Density 490-530 kg/m3. Heartwood colour is variable, ranging from a very pale pink to a deeper reddish brown, sometimes with streaks of medium to dark reddish brown. colour tends to darken with age. Grain is straight to interlocked, with a medium to coarse texture. Good natural luster.

RECOMMENDATIONS: Easy to work, glue, and finish. Tear out can sometimes be a problem if the grain is interlocked. Can cause eye and skin irritations.

DRYING: Fast drying. Risk of deformation and cracks.

USES: Guitar necks and heels, backs and sides, bindings, bodies for electric and bass guitars.

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