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Guitar woods bubinga image Bubinga (Guibourtia Demeusei) originates in Central Africa (Guinea, Gabon, Cameroon, Congo). It's an extremely hard wood featuring a bright brown colour often figured with a nice "quilt" flame. The tree grows up to 40mt height with an average 1mt diameter. Weight is pretty high, around 833kg/mt3.
Working figured bubinga requires special attention due to the irregular grain. Bubinga is mainly used for neck through basses top plates in a 12/14mm thickness where it contributes to enhance the definition of the low end.
HINTS AND TIPS
When planing to thickness a blank of flame maple wood, instead of planing in the grain direction, try to plane at 45. This will prevent the flame figure getting damaged by the plane.

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