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Exceptional tonewoods for the discerning artisan

Curly Black Limba - Acoustic Guitar Back and Side Sets

Black Limba (Terminalia superba) is a West African hardwood occurring from the Cameroons to Sierra Leone. The heartwood is a creamy pale yellow or grayish-brown with fine streaks of black and brown that can create some beautiful and dramatic patterns. It is a medium dense wood with straight, close grain which is occasionally interlocked or wavy with an even but somewhat coarse texture. The wood bends and glues easily and takes a high satiny polish.
Black Limba is about the same as mahogany in weight, hardness and texture and is a great substitute if you're looking for a wood with a little character. You'll find bright trebles and a deep bass are common in a guitar made from Black Limba.