One of the most beautiful species of hardwood is the Bubinga, which grows in Africa. This exotic tree has pink to reddish-brown wood with fine veining and a durable and hard finish. It is resistant to fungi and dry wood borers and is moderately priced. It is found in the Congo Basin and the surrounding regions. The characteristics of Bubinga make it a desirable choice for furniture and cabinetry.
Bubinga is a medium red-brown wood with a pinkish-mauve colour and is moderately durable. It is highly resistant to marine borer attack and termite infestation. It is a relatively easy wood to work on, but its high density and interlocking grain can cause premature dulling of cutting edges. Some pieces of Bubinga require pre-drilling before nailing. It is susceptible to common furniture beetle attacks and is difficult to treat. The sapwood is permeable to water and is a flammable material.
The qualities of Bubinga wood are similar to that of Indian rosewood, but it is denser and heavier. The wood has a warm, even tone and is suitable for all types of guitars. Because of its medium texture and interlocking grain pattern, Bubinga is a good choice for bass guitars. It is highly durable and looks great. It is a good source of quality lumber for basses.
Despite its dense structure, Bubinga wood is easy to work with and can blunt or tear tools. Its high natural oil content makes it surprisingly easy to work, which adds to its warmth and beauty. Compared to rosewood, it can be an excellent alternative for pianos and other musical instruments. However, there are some characteristics of Bubinga that make it unsuitable for making pianos and other musical instruments.
When used in guitars, Bubinga is a great choice for the back and sides of the guitar. Its bright, natural stone is a perfect match for an acoustic guitar. Its density and durability make it a popular choice for acoustic guitars. Because of these qualities, Bubinga is often overlooked as the main body wood in electric guitars, but it is still a great choice for other parts of the instrument.
Heartwood is dark brown or purple and can be figured. Its colouration varies from light to dark reddish-brown. When oxidized, Bubinga can exhibit dark reddish colours. As a result, it is an attractive tonewood for guitars. Although it is lightweight and resistant to decay, it also looks classy and is easy to shape. Its random shading adds to its dramatic appeal.
The biggest leaves of all maples are found in the Bigleaf Maple. They are about six to twelve inches (15-30 cm) across. Its light, fluffy texture makes it an excellent choice for both studio recordings and guitars. The wood's even tone is the primary attraction of Bubinga. Its contrasting bright and dark colour is a great choice for acoustic guitars.