African Mahogany

It is ideal for the Archtop guitar neck construction. It is similar to the American Mahogany, however it has a few differences as it is easier to work with and it is less expensive. African Mahogany is much denser, heavier, and has a warm tone. It sands easily and accepts stains and finish. Without any doubt it is a good option for Archtop neck guitars.

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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