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Cuban specie Surinam grown mahogany guitar back and sides set western size grade WAAA*
Swietenia mahogani from Surinam
Photo is of a typical set.
Cuban specie mahogany is denser and finer textured than the more widely used mahogany species and has exceptional stability, subtle beauty and makes great guitars.
This Surinam grown stock was sourced from street trees that had been planted in the Surinam capital Paramaribo and was imported into The Netherlands about 30 years ago.
This stock is considerably denser than the wood sourced India and Indonesia and is much more like the original Cuban grown timber in quality.
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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