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Wenge (Millettia Stuhlmannii) grows in Africa within Zaire, Cameroon and Gabon. The tree reaches to a height of 18 mt with a 0.6 to 1.2 mt diameter. Weight ranges around 830/1000 kg/mt3, so pretty heavy.

Wenge is very common in bass neck construction, both neck through
and bolt on , both as a single piece of wood, or matched to other hardwoods like paduak or purple heart and maple. Wenge is occasionally used for fretboard construction as a substitute for more expensive and rare woods like rosewood and ebony.

Like all hard, dense and heavy woods, if accurately seasoned, wenge will enhance the fundamental definition and supply a bit of top end.

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