Ovangkol is a great option if you find an attractive guitar and a traditional, but powerful acoustic. This wood offers high levels of high tones as it happens with Maple, and warm and deep low tones, like with Indian Rosewood. We can’t forget that this wood is also rich in harmonics.
Ovangkol has also many advantages: it is very easy to work with, inexpensive and more sustainable than other tonewoods more known.
These Ovangkol backs are the perfect option for your classic guitar is you are searching for a concert guitar or for flamenco soloists.
BOTANIC NAME: Guibouthia ehie.
COMMON NAMES: Ovangkol
ORIGIN: Central Africa.
DESCRIPTION: Density 780-825 Kg/m3. Varying shades of yellowish to reddish brown with darker brown, grey, or black stripes. Moderately wide sapwood is a pale yellow, clearly demarcated from heartwood. Sometimes seen with a curly or mottled grain pattern. Grain is straight to slightly interlocked. Medium to coarse texture, with moderate natural luster.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Overall a fairly easy wood to work, though Ovangkol contains silica and can therefore dull cutters prematurely. Also, if the grain is interlocked, or if there is other figure present in the wood, planning and other machining operations may be troublesome and cause tear out. Turns, glues and finishes well.
DRYING: Slow to normal drying process. Risk of deformation.
USES: Musical instruments. Floors and furniture.