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More info: Peach Guitars has just said that it's not quite as bad as Reidys is saying - that the new Pro series and AVRIs will still use it (where applicable) but that Elite and all Mexican models will no longer use it.
Wouldn't it be just as hard/annoying to get finished guitars containing rosewood from Mexico to the US as it would be to get them from the US to anywhere else? Can envision rosewood on USA-only models (like PRS does with the majority of their Brazilian rosewood) but anytime you introduce another border it seems to me it would make it that much more difficult.
I think the end (or vastly reduced use) of a rosewood option is pretty sad news.@guitars4you - what's your retail experience of people's preference at the higher end of maple vs rosewood boards on Fenders out of interest? My completely unfounded belief is that rosewood boards outsell maple currently, I may be very wrong.
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I think Baked Maple would be a great alternative...
I had it once on a Gibson and it was really nice.. The one I had looked very similar to Rosewood but felt smoother too the touch.....
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How will this effect us middle of the food chain bedroom noodlers?
Presumably that Custom Shop all-Rosewood George Harrison Tele is now worth more money, than the most money you could ever imagine, in the whole history of money?
Have read elsewhere that ebony is a probable target already for the next CITES convention in 2018...
I suspect there is not enough pau ferro to make it a long term viable alternative. Plantstiom grown rosewood may be closer, but has been tarred with the same brush as all other rosewood.Maple is the most sustainable fretboard and neck choice, ash and alder are fairly sustainable too. fender will always be able to offer authentically vintage woods even without rosewood.