A very efficient transmitter of vibration. The trees are often very tall, straight and split well, to produce long grain timber at its best. Very strong and stiff for such a low density timber. The disadvantage is the softness, beware of dents and scratches. Second only to Spruce as guitar tops, also naturally rot proof. In outdoor use, good for cladding and roof ‘shingles’ (sawn) or ‘shakes’ (split).