The most important characteristics of Black Limba are its durability and sturdiness. The wood is dark brown with irregular streaks of dark brown. It is soft and easy to work with. It seasons quickly and exhibits minimal checking and warping. Once it has been properly dried and worked, it remains stable. Some of the characteristics of this type of wood are discussed below. The qualities that distinguish it from other types of wood are listed below.
Limba wood is readily available and is relatively easy to work with. It splits easily when nailed or screwed. It stains and glues well, but is not suited for sensitive surfaces. The wood can cause allergic reactions and affect lung function. Because of its natural properties, it is rarely used in building products, but can be found at reasonable prices. It is generally not listed in CITES Appendices or the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Limba is found in two distinct forms. The heartwood is light straw brown, while the sapwood is grey to black. The heartwood is typically the heartwood. The dark hues of Limba are a result of a combination of red and black streaks. Limba also has a pronounced heartwood, and the dark colour is the main reason it is commonly used for musical instruments. Gibson's Flying V and Explorer guitars are made from Limba. Despite the popularity of this wood for musical instruments, it is still a popular choice for core stock and light construction for doors and mouldings.
As the only African hardwood, limba is difficult to define. It is often mistaken for the closely related Korina. It is a species of goat and is imported under the trade name "Korina". The difference between the two is the grain, and it may be white or black. In addition, limba can also be white or black. Its colouration is most prevalent in the heartwood, which is the reason why Limba is a popular wood choice for electric guitars.
Limba is a large tree native to tropical West Africa. It grows up to 60 metres tall with a flat crown and a straight trunk. Its bark is vertically fissured and the branches are whorled. The leaves of the Limba are about 2 inches long. The trees have a strong trunk that provides strength and stability. In addition to guitars, this wood is also used for millwork and duck calls.
The qualities of Black Limba wood vary. Its astringent nature makes it a good choice for guitars and other acoustic instruments. While it does not sustain a natural oil finish, it is stable and has a great range of response and resonance. It is an excellent choice for vintage guitars and is often used in production runs of electric guitars. It is also a favourite among old school metal legends and is highly resonant.
Alder is one of the most commonly used woods in guitars. It is a light-weight hardwood and is considered a popular neck and body wood. Its lows are bright and clear, and the highs are very stable. The tone of the guitar is balanced and it has a solid, warm sound. Its tonal quality is similar to mahogany, making it a favourite for low-cost Asian-made electrics.
The swamp ash is wood that comes from southern wetland trees. It has a broad grain and a twangy sound. Its midrange is scooped and its sustain is good. Its qualities are similar to those of alder and maple, but the latter is stronger and harder. It is the most popular choice of Jeff Loomis. Several custom shops offer flamed koa guitars, and it is exclusive to Hawaii.