Botanic name: pterocarpus soyauxii
Origin: West Africa
Other names: Palo rojo, Mbe, Mbil, Ngula, Bosulu
Uses: Back and sides
Padouk is a burnt orange colour with hairline streaks of dark brown especially when freshly cut, and when oxidised becomes a dark orange tending towards brown. This wood is very slightly harder and heavier than Indian rosewood, and is ideal for backs and sides for guitar due to its stability, string tone and easyness to work.