I thought I hated mahogany, but I just did some routing and sanding on a '77 Gibson mahogany body and it did not seem at all like the wood I built my guitar out of, which leads me to ask: what the heck DID I use? My brother-in-law builds furniture and wood boats as a serious hobby and helped me quite a bit with the woodwork on my first scratch-build. He even gave me some very old "mahogany" to use for the body. But now I don't think it was mahogany. It did have a reddish tint and open grain, but it is softer and lighter than my Gibson's wood AND it was torture to sand. The dust irritated the heck out of my throat and eyes and smelled bad. I know that's not much to go by, but can anyone tell me what I actually used? It does not sound the way I expected and I suspect this wood is the reason why. It was taken from the interior of a building that was 80-120 years old, if that helps at all.