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Julian J. Ludwig

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Bubinga (Guibortia africana)


Bubinga, sometimes called "African Rosewood," is not a rosewood, and in fact there are several African species that are commercially sold as Bubinga. Of these several species the most common is Guibortia africana and is the one which is the one you see pictured here. Frequently found with a variety of figure, including "bees wing," "quilt," and "curl," Bubinga, even when plain displays a lot of "movement" in the wood because of its interlocking grain. Interlocking grain also accounts for Bubinga's good stability, and the difficulty of bending its sides.

It's still relatively inexpensive and is an underated tonewood: it's one of the best values in backs and sides.

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