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Khaya heel block (inside), 1st grade, 3" x 4" x 1 3/16"
The heel or neck block is affixed to the inside of the guitar and is where the neck attaches, typically by using bolts and/or a mortise and tenon.
Khaya has often been overlooked as a substitute for genuine Honduran Mahogany. We have carried it for years for backs and sides, and though it is a very attractive wood, the wide pores, lighter weight and pinkish color we usually see in this species clearly distinguish it from "the real thing". But we have now found that there are different strains of Khaya which look nearly identical to Honduran Mahogany - or at least present themselves as the best substitute we have come across so far!