Despite of needing to be treated to be used, if it is done correctly, results are fantastic.
It is a lot more porous than other woods and is thus much harder to work. Wenge is hard and strong, good properties for the Archtop guitar bridges. Wenge have similar sound to the Ebony and the Rosewoods. It is very rich and warm sounding.
In Maderas Barber we offer you Wenge bridges for Archtop guitars. Don’t miss this resonant wood.
BOTANIC NAME: Milettia laurentii.
COMMON NAMES: Wenge, 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.