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Woods

Ash
Region Source: Eastern USA & Canada
Color: Light Cream to Light Brown
The Wood: Straight grain with moderately coarse texture similar to Red Oak
Uses: Bodies


Bloodwood (Satine)
Region Source: Venezuela, Peru, Panama, Brazil
Color: Rich Strawberry Red
The Wood: Hard & heavy
Uses: Fingerboards & Laminations

Bocote
Region Source: Mexico & Central America
Color: Greenish Yellow to Golden Brown with dark stripes
The Wood: Often figured with eyes - Hard & heavy
Uses: Tops & Fingerboards

Bubinga
Region Source: Cameroon & West Africa
Color: Light Red to Violet with striping
The Wood: Fine grained – Hard & heavy
Uses: Tops & Laminations

Cocobolo
Region Source: Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua
Color: Variegated Orange, Yellow, Dark Red with Black stripes
The Wood: Hard & heavy
Uses: Tops & Fingerboards

Ebony (Gaboon)
Region Source: Africa, Nigeria, Cameroon, Zaire
Color: Generally Black but sometimes light colored streaks
The Wood: Hard & heavy
Uses: Fingerboards & Headcaps

Ebony (Macasser)
Region Source: East Indies, Philippines, Celebr Islands
Color: Black with Yellowish or Reddish Brown streaks
The Wood: Hard & heavy
Uses: Fingerboards & Tops

Imbuya
Region Source: Southern Brazil
Color: Heartwood Yellow-Olive to Chocolate
The Wood: Fairly hard & heavy
Uses: Tops

Koa
Region Source: Hawaiian Islands
Color: Light to dark Brown with golden luster – sometimes with dark streaks
The Wood: Often figured – Moderately hard & heavy
Uses: Tops

Limba
Region Source: West Africa – From Guinea to Zaire
Color: Pale Yellow to light Brown with Black streaks
The Wood: Lumber is separated for color and sold as “white” without Black streaks (aka Korina) – or “Black” with Black streaks
Uses: Bodies & Tops

Mahogany (African)
Region Source: West Africa – Primarily Ivory Coast, China, Nigeria
Color: Light Pink to Reddish Brown to Tan-Brown
The Wood: Relatively hard to soft
Uses: Bodies

Mahogany “Genuine” (Honduras)
Region Source: Central & Tropical South America
Color: Yellowish Brown to Reddish Brown
The Wood: Relatively hard to soft – Exceptionally stable
Uses: Bodies

Maple (Birdseye)
Region Source: Northeast USA & Canada
Color: Crème White to Reddish Brown
The Wood: Figured with many small circular swirls – “Eyes”
Uses: Tops

Maple (Curly)
Region Source: Northeast USA & Canada
Color: Crème White to Reddish Brown
The Wood: Striping through the wood as a result of contortions in the grain
Uses: Tops & Laminates

Maple (Hard – aka Hard Rock)
Region Source: Northeast USA & Canada
Color: Crème White to Reddish Brown
The Wood: Known for its durability & strength
Uses: Necks & Laminates

Maple (Quilted)
Region Source: Pacific Northwest USA
Color: Crème White to Reddish Brown
The Wood: Cloud like three dimensional figure
Uses: Tops

Morado (aka Pau Ferro, Bolivian Rosewood)
Region Source: Tropical South America, South Brazil, Bolivia
Color: Dark Violet Brown with dark streaks
The Wood: Hard – Sold as a substitute for Brazilian Rosewood
Uses: Fingerboards & Tops

Myrtle
Region Source: United States
Color: Pale Brown to Yelllowish Green – Often variegated
The Wood: Moderately hard & heavy
Uses: Tops

Padauk (African)

Region Source: West Africa, Cameroon, Gabon, Nigeria, Gold Coast
Color: Bright Orange Red often with dark stripes will darken over time to Reddish Brown
The Wood: Moderately hard & heavy
Uses: Bodies & Laminations

Purple Heart (aka Amaranth)
Region Source: Mexico to Tropical South America
Color: Oxidizes to Violet Purple – will darken over time
The Wood: Hard & heavy
Uses: Fingerboards & Laminations

Rosewood (Madagascar)
Region Source: Madagascar
Color: Deep Burgundy with dark streaks
The Wood: Hard
Uses: Fingerboards

Sapele
Region Source: Ivory Coast & Nigeria
Color: Dark Red Brown often ribbony
The Wood: Moderately hard & heavy
Uses: Bodies

Satinwood Brazilian (aka Yellowheart)

Region Source: State of Para, Brazil
Color: Rich, bright Yellow
The Wood: Hard
Uses: Laminations

Shedua (Ovangkol)
Region Source: Africa, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria
Color: Varies from Yellow Brown to dark Brown with Gray to Black stripes
The Wood: Hard & heavy
Uses: Bodies & Tops

Walnut (Black)
Region Source: Mid to Eastern USA & Canada
Color: Light to dark Brown
The Wood: Moderately hard & heavy
Uses: Bodies & Laminations

Walnut (Claro)

Region Source: United States
Color: The most beautiful of all the Walnuts with various Brown and Tans
The Wood: Moderately hard & heavy
Uses: Tops

Wenge
Region Source: Tropical West Africa, Zaire, Cameroon, Gabon, Tanzania
Color: Dark Brown to Black with fine Black veining
The Wood: Hard & heavy – Coarse texture
Uses: Fingerboards, Tops & Laminations

Zebrawood
Region Source: West Africa
Color: Golden Brown with dark Brown streaks
The Wood: Moderately hard & heavy
Uses: Tops, Bodies & Laminations

Ziricote
Region Source: Mexico, Central & South America
Color: Tobacco Brown to Reddish Brown with irregular dark Brown or Black streaks
The Wood: Hard & Heavy
Uses: Tops & Fingerboards