European Basswood

Scientific name: Tilia europaea

Origin: Europe

Other names: European Lime, Common Lime, Basswood, Tilo

Average density: 33lbs/ft3 – 535kg/m3

Uses: Electric guitar bodies, carving

It has a pale white to cream color with subtle growth rings. The color is mostly uniform throughout the surface of the wood. Tends to age to a yellow or pale brown color over time. It has a fine and even texture and is easy to work. It is very soft and light, though sharp cutters must be used during planing or other shaping operations to avoid fuzzy surfaces. Perhaps one of the most suitable wood species for hand carving. It glues and finishes well, that together with its light weight, makes it the preferred body wood of many electric guitar manufacturers.