Mahogany is a kind of wood—the straight-grained, reddish-brown timber of three tropical hardwood species of the genus Swietenia
It has excellent workability, and is very durable. Historically, the tree’s girth allowed for wide boards from traditional mahogany species. These properties make it a favorable wood for crafting cabinets and furniture.
Much of the first-quality furniture made in the American colonies from the mid 18th century was made of mahogany, when the wood first became available to American craftsmen. Mahogany is still widely used for fine furniture
Mahogany also resists wood rot, making it attractive in boat construction. It is a tonewood often used for musical instruments, particularly the backs, sides and necks of acoustic guitars, electric guitar bodies,and drum shells because of its ability to produce a very deep, warm tone