I have someone who wants something made out of mahogany, I’m about to tell him that wood is pretty expensive and he’s likely going to tell me to just stain some other type of wood to match what he wants. It is a dense tropical wood that boasts the bright zing of koa and maple but with more low end. We compare it to the sound of Mahogany but with less on the top end and slightly less on the lows. Popular applications using Utile include many of the same types of projects for which Genuine Mahogany has traditionally been used. Utile shows some darker medullary ray lines on a flatsawn surface that can be used to tell it apart from Genuine Mahogany and those darker lines actually add great interest to the board.
While we can supply solid 1-piece or 2-piece flame bodies, this wood is most beautiful in the form of a bookmatched laminate top. The wood used in electric solid-body ukes is important, but not as critical to the tone as with acoustic ukes. Because of it’s similar appearance and properties to genuine Swietenia mahogany Colombian mahogany has been used as a mahogany replacement for over 100 years and in that time has become heavily exploited.
Beyond simply being worth more in terms of dollars per board-foot, there are practical implications to using true mahogany. The world’s supply of genuine mahogany today comes from these Asian plantations, notably from India , Bangladesh , Indonesia and from Fiji , in Oceania. This wood has a nice purple brown color reminiscent of Indian rosewood, except that it does not have the straight lines that Indian has. For instance, rosewood was often used on many of there higher-end guitars, simply because it functioned so well as a guitar wood. Nice well rounded earthy tone similar to Indian Rosewood, with often beautiful brown swirling grain.
Different from mahogany: Spotty availability coupled with its overall obscurity has probably kept this wood out of the limelight. Similar in appearance and tone to Genuine Mahogany, Sapele exhibits a powerful midrange, great punch and bright and airy trebles. Cherry is a very popular and all-around great wood; easy to work with, stains and finishes well with just oil, and ages beautifully. This is a heavy to medium weight wood that looks great with an oil finish or clear gloss!
It is not Mahogany but is a very nice timber with its own look and working characteristics. A completely different beast than electric guitars, the acoustic guitar may be made from solid wood or wood laminate. Sapele is a fast growing and highly sustainable African wood which is protected from over harvesting making it a fabulous choice for the environmentally aware. Damian appeared to be waiting for him, perched on the corner of a mahogany desk with his arms crossed.
If you have some wood that you would like to sell or trade, please call me at 828-298-6007, or send me an e-mail at RJwdcrafts@. Engelmann is a lighter, more flexible wood providing more depth and Adirondack can be worked even harder than Sitka whilst retaining clarity and balance. The most astonishing thing about this wood is the spicy smell it releases when it is machined.
Like the grape that ends up becoming a wine, how and where a wood is grown and how it’s used in the guitar greatly affect the sound and tone, making each guitar a one-of-a-kind. Tonally it is similar to Maple, clear and bright with nice projection, but it is much easier to bend than Maple. A dust collection system, coupled with the use of personal protective equipment such as respirators, is highly recommended when machining this wood. The wood is an olive color with occasional lighter streaks, very fine texture and chatoyance. Sometimes confused with hickory; the zone of large pores is more distinctive in ash, similar to that of red oak.
Macassar likes to be played hard, and tends to take a slightly longer period of playing time to open up. When it’s used with a softer top wood like cedar or redwood, it makes a balanced instrument. Much of the first-quality furniture made in the American colonies from the mid 18th century was made of mahogany, when the wood first became available to American craftsmen. An excellent alternative to the rosewoods, it has a luminescence and depth similar to mahogany. Soft Curly maple is similar to hard although with a general tendency to be more bassy. Highly dense and reflective, wood yielding a loud, projective, and sustained tone.