Scientific name: Guibourtia ehie
Origin: Tropical West Africa
Other names: Amazique, Amazoue, Mozambique, Shedua, Mongoy
Average density: 51lbs/ft3 – 825kg/m3
Uses: Guitar back and sides, fingerboards, electric guitar tops and bodies, turnery
Its color has a varying shades of yellowish to reddish brown with darker brown, gray, or black stripes. The moderately wide sapwood is a pale yellow, clearly demarcated from heartwood. Sometimes seen with a curly or mottled grain pattern. The grain is straight to slightly interlocked. It has a medium to coarse texture and a moderate natural luster. Overall a fairly easy wood to work with, though Ovangkol can contain silica and therefore dull cutters prematurely. Turns, glues and finishes well. When used for guitar back and sides it is close to rosewood, perhaps with more midrange and a brighter sound. Ovangkol, is a good sustainable tonewood alternative to the most popular species.