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Bubinga guitar back and sides set western size grade AAA*
Guibourtia demeusii from Camaroon
Photo is of a typical set.
Bubinga is a very strong and naturally stable wood a little denser than Indian rosewood. The colour is orange red, often nicely veined in darker red, and interlock and block mottle figure are common. The texture is finer than that of Indian rosewood requiring less grain filling. It’s a better quality wood than the price would indicate making it useful for keenly priced instruments.
AAA – Quarter sawn wood or nearly so.
AA – Wood that is quartered to one edge, (where the centre joint of the back will be ), gradually straying from the quarter ending up slab sawn at the opposite edge.
A – Wood that is slab sawn, the main slab sawn area being approximately half way across the board.
* - One or more asterisks may be added to the grade mark to indicate wood that is aesthetically more pleasing or desirable by virtue of colour, intensity of figure or fineness of grain.
Back and sides sets are pre matched for colour and character.
Back and sides sets frequently are different grades for the back and the sides e.g. AAA sides and AA back. The valuation of these sets assumes the back and the sides each represent 50% of the value of a set and are then added together.
Western size backs 2pc 560mm x 205mm and up x 4mm sides 2pc 830mm x 120mm and up x 3.5mm Classic size backs 2pc 530mm x 190mm and up x 4mm sides 2pc 780mm x 100mm and up x 3.5mm
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