Despite of needing to be treated to be used for headplates, if it is done correctly, results are fantastic. Wengue is hard and strong, good properties for the Archtop guitar headplates and similar sound to the Ebony and Rosewood.
In Maderas Barber we offer you Wengue headplates for Archtop guitars. A dense, hard, and strong wood that will add a brilliant touch to your guitar.
BOTANIC NAME: Milettia laurentii.
COMMON NAMES: Wengue, Panga-Panga
ORIGIN: Central Africa
DESCRIPTION: Density 830 kg/m3. Heartwood is medium brown, sometimes with a reddish or yellowish hue, with nearly black streaks. Upon application of a wood finish the wood can become nearly black. Grain is straight, with a very coarse texture. Low natural luster.
RECOMMENDATIONS Can be difficult to work with hand and machine tools. Blunts tool edges. Sands unevenly due to differences in density between light and dark areas. Very large pores can be difficult to fill if a perfectly smooth/level finish is desired.
DRYING: Slow drying speed. Low risk of deformations.
USES: Guitar fingerboards, bridges, headplates, backs and sides. Bodies for electric and bass guitars.