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Botanical Name

Terminalia superba

Other Names

Black Limba, Ofram, White Limba

Main Color Group

Variegated

Grain Pattern

Pronounced

Workability

Easy

Avg Dry Weight - LB/FT3

35

Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3

550

Janka Hardness - LBF

670

Janka Hardness - Newtons

2990

Limba has been an important wood in Africa due in part to its universal popularity. Although its population was considered threatened from over-exploitation in the first half of the 20th century, a concerted effort was made to preserve the species and expand its natural range. Regional and national programs from the ’50’s through the ’70’s across West and Central Africa were quite successful. Limba has a characteristic light base color, ranging from a pale yellow to a light golden brown, to a pale tan — and sometimes muted to the point of having a greyish appearance. It often has dark brown or black overlapping highlights (as well as lighter colored patches, occasionally ranging from yellow to orange), which is what distinguishes White Limba (also called “Korina”) from Black Limba (same wood / same species; just differing aesthetics). Its sapwood is only slightly lighter in color than its heartwood and can sometimes be difficult to discern.

Despite its medium to coarse texture and a small silica content, its typically straight grains (those sometimes irregular or interlocked) and modest hardness and density make it generally quite easy to work. Its glues and finishes well (with a moderate natural luster); its base color takes on a more golden tone under a clear lacquer finish. It is considered neither a tough nor durable wood, so such finishing is recommended.

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Sustainability: Not currently listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Common Uses: Furniture, veneer, musical instruments [in particular, electric guitar bodies and (sometimes) necks, and acoustic guitar body shells (back & sides)], turnings, interior trim, ping-pong / table tennis paddles and other laminate applications.

Comments: This wood became quite popular with US electric guitar builders after being glamorized by Gibson Guitars in 1958. Limba was used exclusively as a body and neck wood with the introduction of their radical “Flying V” and “Explorer” models. (It was Gibson who actually coined the name “Korina” for the wood — a name by which it is now commonly known within the US guitar luthier community.) To this day, it remains a popular wood for guitar necks and bodies. It should be noted that the wood is decidedly non-durable and is susceptible to insect attack.

By the early 1950’s, the wood was thought to be severely endangered. Efforts were made to replant the wood in plantations across its natural range for the next twenty-plus years. The species expanded beyond its original rainforest habitat, making its way into savannah areas and even penetrating regional evergreen forests.

ImagePriceGradeDimensionsSKUBuyDescriptionhf:att:pa_grade
Limba - White
$48.5650.31 × 5.81 × 1 inLIMBAW1013

Nice board.

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Limba - White
$44.4347 × 5.69 × 0.88 inLIMBAW1012

Nice board.

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Limba - White
$53.7055.63 × 5.81 × 1 inLIMBAW1011

Nice board.

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Limba - White
$113.6032.56 × 10.5 × 2 inLIMBAW1010
Out of stock

Light streak.

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Limba - Black
$196.8361.13 × 9.69 × 2 inLIMBAB1026

Beautiful board.

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Limba - Black
$196.8361.13 × 9.69 × 2 inLIMBAB1025
Out of stock

Beautiful board.

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Limba - Black
$219.8161.88 × 10.69 × 2 inLIMBAB1024

Nice board.

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Limba - Black
$115.1343.31 × 8 × 2 inLIMBAB1023

Nice board.

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Limba - Black
$114.1542.94 × 8 × 2 inLIMBAB1022

Beautiful.

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Limba - Black
$87.3136.13 × 8 × 2 inLIMBAB1021

Knots.

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Limba - Black
$78.8472 × 7.25 × 0.94 inLIMBAB1020

Small defect.

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Limba - Black
$61.6365.888 × 5.63 × 1 inLIMBAB1019

Nice board.

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Limba - Black
$50.8754.38 × 5.63 × 1 inLIMBAB1018

Small knots.

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Limba - Black
$67.7070.13 × 5.81 × 1 inLIMBAB1017

Small check on end.

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Limba - Black
$47.1350.38 × 5.63 × 0.88 inLIMBAB1016
Out of stock

Unique Figure.

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Limba - Black
$31.0734.38 × 5.44 × 0.88 inLIMBAB1015

Beautiful figure.

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Limba - Black
$115.1438.5 × 9 × 2 inLIMBAB1014
Out of stock

Clear two face.

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Limba - Black
$124.2941.56 × 9 × 2 inLIMBAB1013
Out of stock

Small checks one side.

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Limba - Black
$126.3542.25 × 9 × 2 inLIMBAB1012
Out of stock

Slight defect near edge on one side.

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Limba - Black
$53.7641.75 × 7.75 × 1 inLIMBAB1011
Out of stock

Two small wormholes.

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Limba - Black
$47.5441.25 × 7.63 × 1 inLIMBAB1010

Slight defect one face.

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Limba - Black
$47.4936.88 × 7.75 × 1 inLIMBAB1009
Out of stock

Clear two face.

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Limba - Black
$61.6264.5 × 5.75 × 1 inLIMBAB1008

Knot one side.

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Limba - White
$137.0059.75 × 6.9 × 1.875 inLIMBAW1009
Out of stock

Small check and pith one edge.

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Limba - White
$110.1949.125 × 6.75 × 1.9 inLIMBAW1008

Clear two face.

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Limba - White
$137.9360.375 × 6.875 × 1.9 inLIMBAW1007
Out of stock

Small knots some black streaking.

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Limba - White
$94.8336.125 × 7.9 × 1.875 inLIMBAW1006
Out of stock

Small hole one end.

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Limba - White
$125.7748.062 × 7.875 × 1.875 inLIMBAW1005
Out of stock

Clear two face.

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Limba - White
$109.6842.25 × 7.812 × 1.9 inLIMBAW1004
Out of stock

Small worm holes. Great Figure.

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Limba - White
$108.4042.437 × 7.687 × 1.9 inLIMBAW1003
Out of stock

Small worm holes.

a
Limba - Black
$57.3948.062 × 7.187 × 0.875 inLIMBAB1007

Small worm holes with limited black streaks.

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Limba - White
$149.8460.125 × 7.5 × 1.812 inLIMBAW1002
Out of stock

Small worm holes.

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Limba - White
$127.6647.75 × 7.375 × 1.812 inLIMBAW1001
Out of stock

Lovely grain pattern.

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Limba - Black
$287.1590 × 10.562 × 1.875 inLIMBAB1006
Out of stock

Open knot on both faces.

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Limba - Black
$80.5965.875 × 6.75 × 1 inLIMBAB1005

Nice striped figure.

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Limba - Black
$37.1945.687 × 4.9 × 0.875 inLIMBAB1004

Slight knot on one face.

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Limba - Black
$60.6574.5 × 4.9 × 0.875 inLIMBAB1003

Small checks on one face with small worm holes.

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Limba - Black
$74.0860 × 6.812 × 0.875 inLIMBAB1002
Out of stock

Nice figure!

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Limba - Black
$73.0260.25 × 6.687 × 0.875 inLIMBAB1001

Clear two face.

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