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Brazilian Tigerwood

Astronium graveolens

Brazilian Tigerwood, also known as Goncalo Alves, is a wood that comes mainly from Brazil. It has been growing in popularity among builders who favor bold, contrasting figure on the back and sides. The color is an attractive honey-tan with broad reddish brown stripes which often paint dramatic, symmetrical shapes across the bookmatched guitar back. Although it is lightweight, it is only slightly porous and finishes nicely. Some say the tone is similar to Mahogany.
 

Back & Sides Dimensions
Wood Grading article
Figured Wood Terms