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  • Let's talk about Okoume as a Tonewood...

    It seems that "Okoume" is popping up in newer guitars all of a sudden. From what I've researched it's considered a lighter-weight alternative to mahogany. There doesn't seem to be much solid information on it.

    What does Okoume sound like? Is it resonant? What is your experience with it?

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    Re: Let's talk about Okoume as a Tonewood...

    I've never had it......or even heard of it until now.

    Wood is odd - sometimes light can mean darker timbre, other times brighter. There are so many woods that are marketed as 'the next mahogany'.

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      Re: Let's talk about Okoume as a Tonewood...

      Originally posted by AlexR View Post
      I've never had it......or even heard of it until now.

      Wood is odd - sometimes light can mean darker timbre, other times brighter. There are so many woods that are marketed as 'the next mahogany'.
      Like "nato" (aka nada lol).


      For both being very lightweight, basswood and alder couldn't be more tonally different IMO (at least more often than not)

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        Re: Let's talk about Okoume as a Tonewood...

        It is actually almost totally identical to mahogany for me. I have a natural okoume Jackson Dinky and it sounds very similar to some of my other mahogany guitars with the JB/59 set in them. It is definitely lighter than those guitars though. The only difference I see is that the jackson has less sustain (partly due to the floyd rose)
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        • #5
          Re: Let's talk about Okoume as a Tonewood...

          Originally posted by PierceOkken View Post
          It is actually almost totally identical to mahogany for me. I have a natural okoume Jackson Dinky and it sounds very similar to some of my other mahogany guitars with the JB/59 set in them. It is definitely lighter than those guitars though. The only difference I see is that the jackson has less sustain (partly due to the floyd rose)
          Interesting. Do you know how light is it compared to other woods? Like Alder, Basswood, and Mahogany?

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            Re: Let's talk about Okoume as a Tonewood...

            The 'wood database' website will give you density measurements.....you can compare with every other wood on there.

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              Re: Let's talk about Okoume as a Tonewood...

              Does it show up in higher end or lower end instruments? I hadn't heard of it, but I am all for alternative woods/materials.
              Dave, Ambassador/Writer/Artist for Seymour Duncan

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                Re: Let's talk about Okoume as a Tonewood...

                My Reiver Kompact has an Okoume top. It sounds about as good as any other of my guitars (body is Black Limba). Super lightweight, very dynamic tone. A tiny bit on the bright side, but in a good way. And you can just FEEL that bass even when played unplugged.
                http://reiverguitars.co.uk/project/022-kompakt-6/
                Last edited by Pierre; 02-10-2018, 12:36 AM.

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                • #9
                  Re: Let's talk about Okoume as a Tonewood...

                  Originally posted by Pierre View Post
                  My Reiver Kompact has an Okoume top. It sounds about as good as any other of my guitars (body is Black Limba). Super lightweight, very dynamic tone. A tiny bit on the bright side, but in a good way. And you can just FEEL that bass even when played unplugged.
                  http://reiverguitars.co.uk/project/022-kompakt-6/
                  I hadn't heard of those guitars before, but I love their design. Some great stuff on their website!
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                  • #10
                    Re: Let's talk about Okoume as a Tonewood...

                    Looking through GC Used site
                    I see a Jazz bass with an Okum body listed

                    Looks dark reddish in hue
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                    • #11
                      Re: Let's talk about Okoume as a Tonewood...

                      It seems like a nice wood as far as I'm concerned. One of my bandmates is raving about how he can finally get Mahogany without his bass weighing so much as to break his back.

                      As for me, I've seen enough of it on Chinese kit guitars to taint it's tonal reputation, so I don't really have an accurate view point of what coloring it brings to the table. It does have a pretty decent grain pattern if you get the right piece.

                      I can't speak for it tonally, but for what it's worth, Okoume looks damn good on a sailboat.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Let's talk about Okoume as a Tonewood...

                        Here is some info - http://tonewooddatasource.weebly.com...tails-n-q.html

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                          Re: Let's talk about Okoume as a Tonewood...

                          I have an Ibanez AC340CE-OPN acoustic electric that I think is okoume body and solid okoume top. I like it a lot, lightweight, has cool grain pattern and tonally sounds like mahogany to me. I have owned a Martin D-15 mahog for comparison.

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                            Re: Let's talk about Okoume as a Tonewood...

                            Originally posted by RJC View Post
                            I have an Ibanez AC340CE-OPN acoustic electric that I think is okoume body and solid okoume top. I like it a lot, lightweight, has cool grain pattern and tonally sounds like mahogany to me. I have owned a Martin D-15 mahog for comparison.
                            Welcome to the forum!

                            Can you post a pic of it? I'd love to see an instrument made out of it.
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                              Re: Let's talk about Okoume as a Tonewood...

                              I was under the (vague, possibly incorrect) impression that okoume was just the more accurate name for what we've been calling "African Mahogany" for years. Is it actually a different tree?
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