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Old 04-16-2012, 08:18 AM
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My understanding is that 'typical' Sapele is more dense than the 'typical' Honduran Mahogany most commonly available today. I believe there can be a difference in tone, but I'd say that one is not more desireable than the other; it depends on the instrument, the music, and your ear. For the music I play, and the guitars I buy, I tend to favor denser mahogany. In the past I've bought a guitar with a very dense set of Honduran, and an extremely dense set of Cuban Mahogany. However, I would have no issue buying a guitar built with Sapele.

2012 Carruth 12-fret 000 in Pernambuco and Adi
2010 Poling Sierra in Cuban Mahogany and Lutz
2015 Posch 13-fret 00 in Indian Rosewood and Adi
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