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B African Mahogany Acoustic Guitar Backs

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If you add to your order the same wood backs/sides, our team of professionals will take care of the matching of the set. If you do not want them to be matched, you can leave your request in the "Comments" section.

Overview B African Mahogany Acoustic Guitar Backs:

Looking for an cost-effective alternative to mahogany? Try african mahogany wood.

African mahogany, also called khaya, is an african wood that has become popular in the last few decades. It is called so because of its visual and mechanical properties resemblance to American mahogany. Its use has become so widespread that we can find models of all major brands where this wood is used to replace its South American counterpart. Its availability and economic price make it a perfect choice for those who are starting in luthiery. The reason is clear: it is difficult to get more for the price.

African mahogany can range in color from pale pink to orange or light brown. It works well, regardless of whether we are talking about sawing, planing, gluing, staining, etc., although sometimes it's hard to sand due to its interlocked grain. It has a very open pore, which makes it essential to use a filler.

How is African Mahogany graded?

In the B Grade you will find african mahogany backs that are perfect for dyeing. This way, the imperfections that this grade presents -knots, discolorations, irregular grain, some small holes- will be perfectly concealed. Many builders and leading brands use this technique of dyeing with excellent results.

It may not have the striking looks of other woods, but we believe that its sober and even appearance also has its appeal. For this reason, African mahogany backs are perfect for projects that strive for a more classic look. African mahogany is, without a doubt, our best selling wood.


  • Dimensions: (550/570xx215/230x4,5mm)x2
  • Botanical Name: Khaya ivorensis
  • Origin: Cameroon
  • Density: 490-530 Kg/m3

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