Distemonathus Benthamianus | Tonewood Profile | “Movingui”
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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.
Movingui is resistant to termite attach and is often used as a utility wood due to it’s high resilience and durability.
The sapwood ranges from white to straw but the heartwood is brilliant golden yellow and can exhibit a ribbon pattern or curly figure.
It has an an interlocked grain with a fine texture. Due to a high silica content, Movingui has a tendency to blunt tools.
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.”
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.
Good stocks of Movingui are limited.
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