Sapele is similar both visually and tonally to dense mahogany, but both darker and harder, giving it a strong visual presence and a bit more upper harmonic content and low-end clarity. It’s a good choice for many sizes and shapes, and works well for strumming and fingerstyle.
Latin Name: entandrophragma cylindricum
Origin: tropical Africa
Tone Profile: Very similar to mahogany, but slightly brighter, with a little extra treble zing and more sparkle and depth.
Aesthetics: Slightly more red in color than mahogany, often features a ribbon figure that runs the direction of the grain.
Trivia / Fact: Sapele is a highly sustainable, relatively fast-growing wood.