Bubinga is, with any doubt, a highly appreciated wood due to its proprieties. Bubinga is even harder than Rosewoods, but with a finer texture. However, we have to manipulate it carefully, because of its hardness and its grain.
On the other side, this African wood has a complete and rich sound, with warm and uniform tones. In addition, we have to take into account its great value for money, what makes Bubinga a very good option for our classic guitar backs.
BOTANIC NAME: Guibourtia spp.
COMMON NAMES : Bubinga
DESCRIPTION: Density 700-910 Kg/m3. Heartwood ranges from a pinkish red to a darker reddish brown with darker purple or black streaks. Sapwood is a pale straw colour and is clearly demarcated from the heartwood. Grain is straight to interlocked. Has a uniform fine to medium texture.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Easy wood to work with but can dull cutting edges. Turns and finishes well. Gluing can be problematic due to its high density and natural oils.
DRYING: Drying process is slow and must be done carefully. Risk of deformation and cracks.
USES: Guitar backs and sides. Electric guitar body tops, electric bass body tops. Wind instruments.