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Lenga - Nothofagus pumilio

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Rodent, Jun 27, 2007.

  1. Rodent

    Rodent A Killer Pickup Line™ Commercial User

    Dec 20, 2004
    Upper Left Corner (Seattle)
    Player-Builder-Founder: Honey Badger Pickups & Regenerate Guitar Works
    Anyone ever work with Lenga before? I had a little time to kill today, so I stopped in at CrossCuts and saw this in the newly arrived bin. Most of it looked like a light colored cherry - but this one piece was quilted similar to Bubinga, and had a good mix of heartwood and sapwood ... and at $4.95/bf I simply couldn't resist a 4/4 selection that is wide enough to do 1-piece tops

    most of the stock on hand looked like this

    to this

    I'll have to wipe some naphtha on the piece I bought and add an image to this post

    I've done a little reading on-line, and it looks like it might be interesting to play with on a bass or two

    all the best,

  2. yeah, looks a lot like cherry...not quite as pretty, IMO...

    but the quilt could be quite interesting....

    yes, by all means....some photos, please
  3. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    Nothofagus sounded familiar to me. Fagus is the genus of European and north american beeches, nothofagus are evergreen beech, mostly southern hemisphere. Looks like yours is south american.

    The genus is familiar to me because I have used Tasmanian Myrtle, from nothofagus. This stuff is pink but is similar in other ways to cherry -- texture, mechanical properties, and also the figure (mottle/quilt). It's a rather agreeable wood compared to some of the tough, heavy woods so I think you'll enjoy it.
  4. BTW...that even-grained stuff looks a little like spruce...that might look nice with a clear finish....
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