Post by Anteriormente Pura Vida! on Jan 29, 2019 22:57:45 GMT -5
Sitka, tropical Mahogany, and African Mahogany are in good supply, and as long as they are sensibly harvested, their supplies can be replenished without much risk. Same for cedar, cherry, maple, and walnut, which have become increasingly popular for North American guitar companies. And yeah, Cole Clark has used their local wood species to build their guitars in a responsible manner.
East Indian Rosewood was in good supply until the Chinese furniture industry over-consumed on that supply, which is what let to the CITES changes a year or two ago. But as people realize that acoustic instruments are not big consumers of EIR, it's expected that CITES will offer an exemption to the music industry.
When I became aware of the whole CITES thing I made it a point to acquire the guitars I wanted that traditionally utilized rosewood fretboards. Only one got away; a "Bass VI". I'll have to wait on one of them to show up on the used market and, no doubt, pay a premium for it.
I'm about to acquire the last of my acoustics and it too will have a rosewood fingerboard. It's a generational thing for me, perhaps. Rosewood, maple, and ebony are the fretboard materials my "guitar heroes" used (people I actually knew, not strangers on the radio). They didn't use pressboard of any type no matter how high tech.
I realize that rosewood will always be a "premium" choice for the well heeled but all my gits (as if I actually have that many), electric bass guitar, electric guitar, and acoustic guitar, fall into the category of "cheap guitars" for most of folks. However, nothing on my tonal palette costs over a Cleveland, only couple (as in "two") are over a McKinley, and the rest didn't stress the Benjamins. That will also never change.
I guess my point is that I will never own or record with a pressboard fretboard no matter high tech; ain't gonna ever happen. I simply won't do it and by the time "no one really cares about fretboard material" I'll be well into my dirt nap. There will come a time when folks don't have a choice. I still do.
Last Edit: Apr 25, 2019 0:20:50 GMT -5 by optofonik
Having said that.....I have no problems with either scenario. I've had Richlite and Stratabond so I know how great they are, but at the same time, I love and have no problems with my 3 guitars that all have rosewood fretboards, and one with rosewood back and sides.
It's not guitars that caused any trees to get wittled down to almost nothing, it was the furniture made by the Chinese mainly, which uses a lot more wood to make.
By the way, it's not just Richlite that's catching on as an alternative, there's other woods out there that aren't bad, but not as good as rosewood and ebony. In all the options for alternatives, I might want Richlite over any of the other alternatives out there.
I just don't like the look of the other wood alternatives (they're all lighter in color) or the fact they're not as hard, and I very much don't like the idea of a painted or dyed fretboard (with the exception of the Richlite because the color is embedded throughout the material and won't wear off or out, ever).
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