Mahogany Wood has a uniform density and is very easy to work with, specially by hand. Many luthiers choose this wood because of the tonal response and rigidity, as the heels support the guitar body weight and need this kind of density and rigidity. So it’s highly recommended for making acoustic guitar heels.
BOTANICAL NAME: Swietenia macrophylla.
COMMERCIAL NAMES: Mahogany, American Mahogany.
DESCRIPTION:490-530 kg/m3 density reddish brown wood. The sapwood colour is whitish or yellowish white and pink in the heartwood, but it gets reddish brown in time too. It frequently has very attractive grains. This is also straight, but slightly intertwined sometimes and its size goes form medium to thin.
SUGGESTIONS: Machining is usually very easy, except in figured areas. Gluing and finishing are good. Direct contact can cause skin irritations.
DRYING: Drying speed is fast with little deformation and crack risks.
USES: This is a very versatile and demanded wood, so it’s used in Body tops and Electric Guitar and Bass bodies, purflings, heels, sounding boards and necks.