Honduran Mahogany in Europe?

59fan

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I'm planning to build a burst replica but have only worked with african mahogany before...been looking for dealers who supply honduran mahogany (swietenia) for a couple of days but figured it would be best to ask which of the many lumber dealers is capable of supplying body and neck blanks light enough for a guitar build. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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I'd be amazed if you can find any. For the last decade in the UK I've only ever managed to buy from other people's stashes, by 2007 I couldn't even get African Mahogany from a timber merchant as no sustainable sources exist. There appear to be occasional blanks for sale in Spain or Germany but they are quite expensive, I think one of the Spanish companies was called Forest?

Edit - link here https://www.forestguitarsupplies.co...e-honduras-mahogany-body-blank-541-54-kg.html
 

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As said in previous post. Occasionally some wood dealers have it in supply. One of them is Espen.de. https://shop.espen.de/en/Tonewood-E-Guitars/ They also have quite a selection of other tonewoods.

Unfortunately, their customer service really, realy sucks. My experience is that in half of my orders there was something wrong. They did not send everything I ordered or body blank was 50mm thick on one side and less than 40mm on the other which is a no go.

But the worst experience I had with them was when I ordered Honduran Mahagony body blanks and neck blanks. I ordered from their web shop and after my payment they informed me that the price for neck blanks in their web shop is not correct. And the correct price is higher but not just a little bit but almost 3 times higher. It is really strange business practice to “increase” the price after you sell the item. I tried to explain that to them but without success. I have to admit that price was really low so I offered to meet half way between web price and their new “correct” price but there was no negotiation. Take it or leave it. After that I sweared I will never buy from them again, but since their good selection of tonewoods I keep ordering from them and every time I am afraid what will go wrong with the order

You can also check these two dealers from Spain Madinter and G&W

https://www.madinter.com/es/

https://guitarsandwoods.com/

If anyone else knows some other dealers, I am also interested.
 
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Crazy times we live in, $150.00 for a piece of wood.
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Are you after "tone" or "aesthetics" ? If you're set on a close replica you'll also need a mahogany neck blank approx. 75x100x800
 
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Search for Fijian mahogany. It's literally the same thing, the very same species, but harvested from sustainable plantations on Fiji, and NOT CITES regulated because of its sustainability.
 

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Search for Fijian mahogany. It's literally the same thing, the very same species, but harvested from sustainable plantations on Fiji, and NOT CITES regulated because of its sustainability.
This. "Honduras" mahogany was planted through out SE Asia about sixty years ago when it became obvious that the original sources would be closed down. It's grown there both in plantations and in the wild these days and is sustainable. Fiji just happens to be one of the better sources of it over the past few years. Mahogany matures pretty quickly so there have been several generations of mahogany since it was first planted. https://www.mahoganyoutlet.com/plantation/
 

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I trawl ebay listings for woodworkers selling up, and for reclaimed timbers. Got lucky last year, bought a lot that will yield 5 or 6 bodines for £180. Some is honduran, one piece is quite heavy which may point to it being Brazilian origin, some of that was quite heavy from my reading. I found a really good board for sale but I wasn't in a position to buy, £500 and would have yielded full width bodies and was 8ft long.
 

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