Although African Mahogany and South American Mahogany are very similar, African Mahogany is less expensive and has more availability worldwide.
African Mahogany has been commonly used for building necks, but nowadays is also used in backs thanks to its lightness and to its ease to work with. These proprieties make this tonewood a perfect option for the sounding board.
Don’t miss the acoustic and physical abilities of this African Mahogany backs for classic guitar of Maderas Barber, always with the best quality.
BOTANIC NAME: Khaya ivorensis.
COMMON NAMES: Khaya, African mahogany.
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.