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“I recently purchased a beautiful fingerboard from you and now I am thinking of grabbing fretwire from you as well. Unfortunately I'm cheap and lazy and find myself here asking if it is possible to pay more to have your fretwire radiused before it is sent? You guys would be the coolest ever. No matter what the outcome, I will be sending more business your way from here in Maine. Hoping for good news! Thank you!"

Ovangkol

 

 

       
 
"Ovangkol...who knew?!
 
What a great alternative tonewood. As there is a lot of it around, the logs are large and the sets are very on quarter and STRAIGHT. What a pleasure to build with. Bends and glues well....not too hard on edge tools. It is not quite as dense as most Rosewoods, which can be a good thing, especially on larger bodied guitars as you don't have to combat the problem of clashing overtones - there is better separation between notes."

Montreal luthier 
Michael Greenfield
 
     
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Ovangkol, from West Africa, comes from the same family as Bubinga and has a similar interlocking grain pattern. It is reasonably easy to bend and planes and finishes well.
 
Ovangkol often has subtle mineral deposits that can show up under the finish. We find the best way to deal with these is to apply a few coats of shellac prior to finishing. Shellac is non-reactive with other finishing products and masks the mineral deposits well (always test compatibility whenever mixing finishes). In addition, Ovangkol is a species that due to open pores, needs a pore filler. We recommend a dark pore filler as it's in keeping with the dark streaks running through Ovangkol and there's the added effect of hiding the mineral deposits.