Well-known member
Jan 8, 2013
AZ High Country
I keep seeing this questioned on many threads, so I thought I'd start a dedicated thread to the subject...

FYI- "Okoume"
Okoume | The Wood Database - Lumber Identification (Hardwood)
Aucoumea klaineana - Wikipedia

vs - "African Mahogany"
African Mahogany | The Wood Database - Lumber Identification (Hardwood)
African mahogany - Wikipedia

...not trying to start any arguments, just get educated.
My opinion is that the two are similar, but not the same thing.

Any other pertinent information out there?
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Well-known member
Feb 3, 2012
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Think that about sums it up... makers like PRS, Suhr, Fender, and of course MM, have been using Okoume a bunch over the last few years. There seems to be a perception from some that Okoume is a cheaper, inferior wood to work with (vs mahogany), but I kind of doubt these guitar makers would start using a wood which was worse than what they used traditionally to save literally a few bucks.

I feel like Alder, Mahogany etc were what was available back when electric guitars were first being produced and the industry has stuck with that for the most part, no reason to think other similar woods like Okoume can't also be great tone woods. Anyway, just typing out loud here really.. I'm no tone wood expert by any means lol
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