Black is Back!

Another shop instrument made from Black Limba.  I’ve used curly Maple binding and herringbone-style purfling for accent.  The bridge and finger board are African Ebony species.  The neck is also made of Black Limba.   The orangish drips in the wood are caused by beetle infestation and subsequent moisture contamination in the wood.  The results are chemical changes that spread through the wood creating colorful and bizarre patterns.   The wood is still structurally intact with no loss in strength.  This wood has a wonderful warm voice and great sustain.  No strings yet, we’re waiting for a home first.