This African import is a very heavy Rosewood, but some customers like it
for solid body guitars. Actually it's not a Rosewood because it's not
in the Dalbergia Family, Some companies like Warwick try to pass it off asRosewood.
Many people think that Rosewood is the shit.
Most of the material that begot the perception of quality in the rose
wood family is now long gone old growth trees, so perhaps it's time to
reevaluate our preferences. By the way, the publics desire for rose woods
has also motivated manufactures to fib from time to time. Pau Ferro is not a
rose wood, but is easily passed off as one. Bubinga is passed off as Chinese
Rose wood even though it is not of the rose wood genus.
A very stiff strong wood with a rusty brown color. Bright midrange and
From Africa; Gabon, Cameroon, Zaire, Equatorial Guinea, Congo, Liberia
Color is medium red-brown, with lighter red to purple veins. The grain is
typically straight. Fine pores are diffused throughout the wood, which often
contain a reddish gum. Texture is usually medium, and surface is highly
lustrous. Excellent polishing qualities.
Common uses included boat building, fine furniture, tool handles, figured
veneer, flooring, and handles.
Specific Gravity is .88 (very dense). Turns well. Salmon pink with streaks of brown.