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GUITAR WOODS: BUBINGA
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.
When planing to thickness a blank of flame bubinga wood, instead of planing in the grain direction, try to plane at 45°.