African Mahogany is a wood mainly used for neck making, but its lightness and its good ability to be treated made it a good option for other parts of the guitar.
This wood shares a lot of qualities with Mahogany wood. However, African Mahogany is usually more available, which means a more affordable price too. Try this acoustic wood for your acoustic guitar sides: good acoustics, quality and price in the same wood.
BOTANICAL NAME: Khaya ivorensis.
DESCRIPTION: Light colour wood with a 490-530 kg/m3 density. Sapwood has a yellowish cream white colour and heartwood has a pale pink/pale red colour, darkening to dark brown with a gold brightness. Straight medium grain.
SUGGESTIONS: Is an easy to work, glue and finish wood. However, if the grain results to be intertwined, cracking can be a problem. Its wood dust can produce mucosa irritation.
DRYING: Fast drying speed, with some deformation and cracking risks, which can increase in tightened or very intertwined grain woods.
USES: Is a very versatile wood. Apart from necks and heels, it’s also used for sounding boards, sides and electric/acoustic guitar bodies.