Signature Timbers: The Essence of Craftsmanship
Why Choose Sipo and Sapele Mahogany?
Crafting a guitar is an intricate process that goes beyond the visible aesthetics; it encompasses tonal richness, durability, and a commitment to environmental sustainability.
Since establishing my craft in 1996, two distinctive timbers have consistently stood out: Sipo Mahogany (Entandrophragma utile) and Sapele Mahogany (Entandrophragma cylindricum). Here’s why:
Transparency and Precise Identification
In contrast to many guitar companies that ambiguously label their wood as 'mahogany,' I believe in full transparency. When I specify 'Sipo Mahogany' or 'Sapele Mahogany,' you know exactly which species of timber is used in your guitar.
The Mahogany Designation
Both Sipo and Sapele belong to the Meliaceae family, sharing notable characteristics with traditional mahoganies like Cuban and Honduran types. Scientifically and commercially, they are recognized as mahogany species, making their labeling not just acceptable but accurate.
Sustainable and Ethical Choices
True mahoganies such as Cuban Mahogany (Swietenia mahagoni) and Honduran Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) are endangered and subject to strict regulations. In contrast, Sipo and Sapele are sustainably sourced from responsibly managed forests, aligning with my commitment to ethical craftsmanship.
Shared Ethical Priorities
I prioritize partnerships with customers who appreciate and value my focus on sustainability. If you don’t align with my use of Sipo and Sapele, then we are probably not the right fit. I deliberately avoid working with individuals who support the use of endangered species.
The bright, resonant sound that Sipo and Sapele produce has become a signature quality in my guitars, enriching their unique acoustic profile.
Renowned for their exceptional structural integrity, both Sipo and Sapele provide a durable foundation, making each guitar not just a purchase but a long-term investment.
Versatility and Durability
These timbers offer an excellent balance of workability and resilience, allowing for intricate detailing without sacrificing durability.
Exclusive Use for Neck and Body
I use Sipo and Sapele Mahogany exclusively for crafting the neck and body of each guitar. This level of specialization enables me to hone in on their specific acoustic and structural properties.
Conscious Choices for Decorative Tops
For the decorative tops featured on my flagship 'Tantalum' models, the same ethical and environmental standards are upheld. These are made from non-endangered species, and when feasible, from salvaged materials.
When you invest in a guitar made from Sipo or Sapele Mahogany, you're not merely buying an instrument. You're benefiting from 27 years of focused craftsmanship, ethical commitment, and transparent practices. You're also fully aware and appreciative of the materials that go into your instrument.