BunnyBass Library of Wood: Bubinga

Bubinga (unfinished) - click here for a larger picture.

In German: Bubinga

Botanical names
Guibourtia demeusei
Guibourtia tessmannii
Guibourtia pellegriniana
Copaifera demeusei
Copaifera tessmannii

Leguminosae Caesalpinioideae

Trading names

Names in the countries of origin
Cameroon: Essingang
Zaire: Bokongo, Luole, Waka
Congo: Lianu, Kiombe
Gaboon: Ovang, Buvenga, Kevazingo

Up to 150 feet high and 5 feet in diameter, straight shaft, no branches until approx. 60 feet. Heartwood and sapwood aeras are sharp divided. The sapwood is whitish, sometimes light brown, and is not useable. The heartwood is pink or reddish with dark stipes. The texture is fine and even and has straight fibres. Bubinga is very hard, heavy, and resistant to insects. Dries slowly with no problems and with limited degradation, kiln drying has to be done very slow to avoid deformity. Bubinga is good to work with and and accepts polishing easily.

In general a heavy wood.
Fresh wood : 900 kg/cbm (1584 pound/cubic yard)
Weight by 15% huminity: 800 kg/cbm (1408 pound/cubic yard)

(the above information from the reference monograph Nutzholzer: Aus Aller Welt by Edmondo Palutan)

As used in Guitar & Bass construction:

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Reference photographs:

...unfinished bubinga (print at 13.5x9mm for actual size).

...milled bubinga (pomelle).

...a Smith BT5 with a beautiful bubinga back.

...solid bubinga sides on this pre-Gibson Tobias, gloss polyester finish.

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