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Exceptional tonewoods for the discerning artisan

Sapele Guitar Sets

Sapele (Entandrophragma cylindricum) grows in the tropical forests of West, central and East Africa.   It’s sometimes mistakenly referred to as African mahogany because it closely resembles the West African wood khaya however it is harder and heavier than African and South American mahoganies and is similar in strength to North American oak. Sapele has a very pronounced and distinct cedar-like smell when cut or sanded. The heartwood when freshly cut is a salmon pink with a very distinct cedar-like smell. It has a fine texture and closely interlocked grain, resulting in a pronounced stripe or roe figure on quartered surfaces. It bends and glues easily and works well with most hand tools.

Tonally, Sapele is clear and responsive with punchy midranges and bright trebles. It’s a tried and true tonewood that delivers a consistent, balanced tone in a variety of playing styles from fingerstyle to strumming.