This is the first time we will be receiving a guitar constructed with Kamagong back and sides, and it’s coming to us from Granada, Spain – from the workshop of Mario Aracama. Here are a few facts about Kamagong we think you should know:

What exactly is Kamagong wood?

  • It is extremely dense and hard, it can range from light dark to very dark in color. Like many other dense woods, it can sometimes be known as “iron wood” because it is iron-like and nearly unbreakable.
  • Kamagong is also known by its scientific name Diospyros discolor, and it is a relative to ebony (makes sense) and persimmons.
  • Its country of origin?: Philippines 🇵🇭

Mario Aracama sourced this Kamagong precisely from the Philippines and paired it with this fantastic spruce top in very fine taste. This guitar has also been built with double-sides that are 1.1mm of cypress on the inside, reinforcing the 2mm thick Kamagong sides that are visible of course on the outside.

What does this tonewood do for the guitar’s sound?

That’s probably the next logical question – and here comes the exciting part! Mario describes his creation as having a “unique sound, velvety timbre and very powerful.” Velvety and powerful! Those are qualities we can’t wait to hear when this Mario Aracama guitar arrives to the showroom.

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