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Exceptional tonewoods for the discerning artisan

Chechen - Acoustic Guitar Back and Side Sets

Chechen, Chechem or Caribbean Rosewood (Metopium brownei) grows in the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Jamaica, Guatemala, Belize and southeastern Mexico. The heartwood is often variegated from red with a greenish tint and a golden luster to plain brown with wavy or striped grain. Color tends to shift to a darker reddish brown with age.

The wood is quite hard and dense with a medium to fine texture. The grain is usually straight but may be wild or interlocked. The wood It glues well and is easy to work but tearout may occur when machining pieces with interlocked grain. With care, a beautiful, glossy finish can be obtained.

Average reported specific gravity is 0.65 (ovendry weight/green volume), equal to an air-dried weight of 53 pcf. Janka hardness is 2300 pounds of force.