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Red Mountain Cedar

Cedrela montana


Red Mountain Cedar is a very close cousin of Spanish Cedar. It’s almost indistinguishable in all respects, but has the good fortune of evading the CITES export restrictions we must adhere to with Spanish Cedar. It’s a light-weight back and side wood (some are convinced that lower weight has a positive impact on tone) but is very stable. It’s exceptionally resonant and is well suited to both classical and steel string guitars. The color is a rich, reddish brown which is stunning under finish and the sets we get show a variety of typically wide (but deep) curly figure types. It’s reminiscent of some of the varieties of Koa we see. No two sets are alike. 

It is rare that we get a new tonewood that offers so much cosmetically and tonally. A significant added bonus is that this wood is harvested according to the high environmental and social standards of our friends in Peru.

Back & Sides Dimensions
Wood Grading article
Figured Wood Terms