Sapele. What is it? A Wood? A Soccer Player?

We're starting to hear more and more about Sapele in the musical instrument industry. We know that usual species and sources around the world are shrinking, and the smart and forward thinking guitar companies are starting to introduce new options. Why? Endangered Species Years ago Taylor Guitars famously created a guitar from a wooden pallet (the kind you find in a warehouse) just to show there was nothing particularly special about the woods used in a guitar. Sure, it sounded like crap, and I'm sure it's imploded by this point. But the message was important: The woods we treat as

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