A Popular Substitute for Hawaiian Koa, Sometimes it can be Prettier
BUT, It is rarely quilted or flamed and it doesn't have the tonal properties of Hawaiian Koa.
There are currently some companies trying to pass off this wood as real Koa (buyer beware).
This is a very nice example Of Goncalva Alves
Pronounced In The USA as "Gonkalo"
Orange Cocobolo is a beautifully colored hardwood, much like ebony, but
with a lot of orange, gold, and tones of brown in it. Goncalvo is much the
same but more rich browns mixed together.
Very dense smooth texture with a waxy fast feel - no finish required. Color is tan with darker chocolate stripes (used by Smith & Wesson for pistol grips). Articulate clean warm tone. [As neck material.]
From Central and Latin America; Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela, Bolivia,
Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay, Costa Rica, Guyana and Peru.