That makes it a prime choice from a woodworking standpoint. Last updated on December 19, 2011 by Sozo Staff Leave a Comment The first thing you need to know about “Genuine” Mahogany is that its title can be misleading; there are other true mahoganies besides those that grow in Central and South America. Registered Member. 631 122. Still, caveat emptor (oops) – “true” does not mean “genuine.” As a cautionary note, many other wood species that get called mahogany are nothing of the sort. Where Utile differs is a not so pronounced interlocking grain for easier, tear out free work. In spite of being less expensive than Genuine Mahogany, Utile/Sipo is actually easier to work with than the famous species it’s used to imitate. Wholesale Mahogany and Hardwoods Since 1843. My sipo CEO-7 sounds magnificent. Sipo wood (also known as Sipo Mahogany or Utile) is commonly used as a substitute for genuine mahogany due to a very similar look and color as well as it's membership in the mahogany botanical family of meliaceae. 631 122. Thompson Mahogany offers wholesale Utile lumber (Sipo lumber) as FAS/Select grade, flatsawn or quartersawn in 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, 8/4 or 16/4 sizes. Different from mahogany: Spotty availability coupled with its overall obscurity has probably kept this wood out of the limelight. Similar to mahogany: Sometimes called Sipo, or even Sipo Mahogany, this wood has similar mechanical and working properties to genuine mahogany, and the overall appearance, while generally a bit darker in color, isn’t too far off either. I tend to think they're all Sipo, but it looks much more like mahogany than Sapele does, so I wouldn't put big money on my assessment. Skip to content. Still relatively unknown, Utile or Sipo (Entandrophragma utile) is gaining notoriety fast as the best Genuine Mahogany substitute out of Africa. Mon-Fri 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST . sagebrush tom. Utile's stability, consistent color, and outdoor capabilities make it a favorite with window and door manufacturers. surfacing_731 Member. In the same genus as Sapele, Utile has a lot of the same properties that make Sapele so popular. May 11, 2009 #2 I just realized I put the parenthesis over mahogany when I meant to encapsulate Sipo, … According to the Wood Database: "Sometimes called Sipo, or even Sipo Mahogany, this wood has similar mechanical and working properties to genuine mahogany, and the overall appearance, while generally a bit darker in color, isn’t too far off either." The wood on my 000-15m is exactly like the wood in both pictures #1. Just saw at stewmac they now carry Sipo mahogany, (African) Its cheaper and without shipping restrictions... any thoughts on it vs. the Honduran? 225 Lincoln Highway Fairless Hills, PA 19030. Google+ Linkedin Twitter Facebook. Species commonly seen in the guitar world include khaya, sipo, and sapele (and I will spare you further latin), all of which can make beautiful, toneful instruments. Electric/Thin Archtop Guitar Neck Blank at Stewart-MacDonald . According to Martin exotic wood buyer Michael Dickinson: That’s because it has less of a tendency to tear when it’s being worked with than either Genuine Mahogany or many of the other African hardwood Mahogany-like species. Thompson Mahogany. Genuine Mahogany vs. African Mahogany: What’s the Difference? Joined Feb 10, 2009 Messages 61 Reaction score 0. sagebrush tom. It is Sipo as Martin changed over in late '14 or early '15. Post Jun 23, 2018 #3 2018-06-23T18:50. Lumber Sales: (877) 589-6637 Decking …