This is the first time we’ll be receiving a guitar constructed with Kamagong back and sides, and it’s coming to us from the workshop of Mario Aracama in Granada, Spain. Mario just sent us new photos a few days ago of the finished guitar, which means it’s almost ready to ship and should arrive here within two weeks. He was also excited that we hadn’t seen Kamagong on a guitar, and emphasized that it’s a remarkable wood that contributes clarity and tonal balance to any insturment. Be sure to keep your eyes and ears open at the GSI Store so that you don’t miss its arrival.

Since Kamagong tonewood is quite new to us, and we’re sure it’s might be new to you as well, here are a few facts about Kamagong we think you would like to 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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