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Ovangkol comes from the same family as bubinga and thus shares many of the same tonal qualities. It has the depth of rosewood, but with better “snap” generally associated with medium density woods such as koa and walnut. Ovangkol is found in Africa from the Ivory Coast and Ghana, to southern Nigeria and Gabon. Europeans have long realized the tonal potential of this timber and now American guitar builders are beginning to appreciate its interlocking grain and way it takes a stain. Ovangkol is also known as Mozambique, Shedua, Amazoue, or Amazakoue.

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