Honduran mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) is a well-respected tonewood that was made popular by Martin and Gibson when they used it on many of their vintage ukuleles. It is increasingly difficult to find in North America, but we have a legally registered source here in Nicaragua. We are lucky to have access to cuts that allow us to use one-piece soundboards, which many believe improves the sound quality.
Honduran mahogany is famous for its “warm and lively tone with clear mids and trebles”. The combination of Nicaraguan cocobolo back and sides, and a Honduran mahogany soundboard produces amazing acoustics that are enough to impress even the most experienced musician.
Paul Woolson has written an interesting article about Honduran mahogany in his essay, "A Musician's Guide to Choosing Tonewoods":
"Honduran Mahogany has been a staple in guitar building from the beginning. Popularized by Martin and Gibson in the pre-war era and used throughout the following decades, this is perhaps the most widely used tonewood in existence. It produces a warm sound with sparkling mids and highs. This wood is an excellent choice for a custom-built guitar. Variations are available with incredibly beautiful figure – quilt, fiddle-back, and gentle rolling flame sets are often available. It is anticipated that Honduran Mahogany will be put on an endangered species list by CITES, so future supplies to this wonderful wood may become limited".
“Honduran Mahogany is becoming increasingly rare. Like other mahoganies, it has a warm lively tone with clear mids and trebles. Often referred to as having a "woody" tone, its low overtone content gives it a crisp strong fundamental that is bright and responsive. Its grain is generally tighter than that of African Mahogany".