Ovangkol - History was a guitar tone wood
Manufacturers of guitars continue to look for ways to improve the quality of guitars they offer their customers. The greatest challenge the industry faces in recent times is hunting for wood that is available, powerful, and that makes sounds that are close to the standard wood – Brazilian rosewood. The Ovangkol as a tonewood has proven a great alternative that makes powerful, dynamic sounding guitars.
About the Wood
This wood is also famous by other names like Amazique or Amazoue, Mozambique and Shedua. The wood comes from a medium to small sized tree, which is a native of tropical West Africa. The tree is exotic hardwood specie that belongs to the genus Guibourtia. Other species included in this genus include the Tiete and Bubinga rosewood.
Ovangkol heartwood often appears with varied coloration that ranges from yellowish to reddish-brown. It also has darker stripes of dark brown and gray, and sometimes black. The sapwood is white and pale, sometimes yellowish or grayish. The texture of the wood is medium and has small pores, with a slightly interlocked grain that is typically straight. It has attractive ripples and curls in the grain most of the time, which makes the wood look very attractive.
When freshly cut; the wood has a very distinct and often unappealing smell. It vanishes as the wood dries. In most cases, people use it for making furniture, flooring, and cabinets. Guitar manufacturers often use it for making acoustic guitars.
The wood offers great workability, and works amazingly well with other tonewood species. It is easy to cut, drill, and sand and bend. This makes it possible to make guitars in very interesting designs.
Why It’s Good for Guitar Building
The Ovangkol wood proves to be a great option for making guitars, and is a more sustainable alternative to suing endangered and rare woods like Brazilian rosewood. Moreover, it is quite visually stunning, affordable and offers great tonal balance.