Wenge

Wenge (Millettia laurentii) grows to large dimensions in central to western Africa. With its density, uniform dark brown color, large pores, and black streaks, the wood looks and feels like chocolate-stained oak. Fortunately it seems to lack oak's internal dampening, and it should produce an excellent guitar. I enjoy working with it on other projects, but I've not built a guitar of Wenge. Several luthiers have had success with it, it is reasonably priced, and it is definitely on my list of woods to try soon.