Movingui. Tonewood Profile

Distemonathus Benthamianus | Tonewood Profile | “Movingui”


Movingui

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Quick Facts
Scientific name: Distemonanthus benthamianus
Trade names: Movingui, African Satinwood
Janka: 1230 approx
Uses: Back and sides veneer
RIYL:Mahogany/ Koa
Bling factor: Chatayonace and curl is common
Availability: Rare
CITES status: Not listed. No restrictions
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McKnight Guitars
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Movingui Padauk Back & Sides with sapwood
Spruce Top
Read our interview with Tim McKnight here.

Natural History

Movingui is found in evergreen, semi-deciduous and secondary forests of West Africa. It reaches 40 meters high and the trunk diameter can reach 1.2 meters. The bole is straight with variable buttressing.


Physical properties

General:

Movingui is resistant to termite attach and is often used as a utility wood due to it’s high resilience and durability.

Appearance:

The sapwood ranges from white to straw but the heartwood is brilliant golden yellow and can exhibit a ribbon pattern or curly figure.

Working:

It has an an interlocked grain with a fine texture. Due to a high silica content, Movingui has a tendency to blunt tools.

Values:

The Janka of Movingui is 1230 and the specific gravity is 0.58


As a tonewood…

It is used for back an sides for guitars, where it’s light weight allows it to compare favourably to mahogany. However Tim Mcknight says: “The tone has everything that Mahogany has and more. It doesn’t have the overpowering midrange bite but is more balanced.



Subjective tone…

I would broadly characterise the tone of Movingui as falling between Koa and Honduran Mahogany- it has more balance than Mahogany but slightly less overtones than Koa.


Availability

Good stocks of Movingui are limited.









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