The Wenge is a very common wood to make electric bass and guitar necks, but it is also used to make fingerboards to replace other more expensive woods such as Rosewood and Ebony.
The Wenge has perfect properties to make fingerboards, since it has a high hardness degree and resistance that makes it ideal to withstand the tension and the blows that this instrument part receives.
Acoustically, it produces a sound between the Ebony and the Rosewood: it offers a good tone in the bass and mid-range. Discover at Maderas Barber this wood to make fingerboards for acoustic guitars.
BOTANICAL NAME: Millettia laurentii.
COMMERCIAL NAMES: African rosewood, faux ebony, dikela, mibotu, bokonge, and awong.
ORIGIN: Central Africa.
DESCRIPTION: Its density is 830 Kg/m3. The sapwood color is whitish or light yellow and the heartwood color varies from dark brown to violet black with fine grains. It has a straight fiber and a thick grain.
SUGGESTIONS: It is recommended to use high power equipment for sawing, tools are dull very quickly. Gluing is delicate due to the presence of resin cells.
DRYING: it has a slow drying speed and it presents slight deformation risks
USES: It is a very versatile wood, since it can be used to make fingerboards, bridges, electric guitar bodies, headplates and soundboards.