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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by OlyMap, May 19, 2017.

  1. OlyMap

    OlyMap Strat-Talker

    Apr 4, 2016

  2. Fuzzpop

    Fuzzpop Ryan-Ola Silver Member

    Aug 14, 2012
    Washington, D.C.
    I'm ok with pau ferro and ebony. I love a rosewood board, but pau ferro is pretty damn close. Plus, if it's good enough for SRV to request it on his sig model (so the story goes), it's good enough for me.
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  3. StratPlus97

    StratPlus97 Strat-O-Master

    Apr 7, 2016
    Wow, Thats's unreal. Good thing I like maple!
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  4. Omni-stratz

    Omni-stratz Strat-Talker

    Jan 17, 2016
    Wiltshire UK
    Breaking news!!................Rosewood fretboard guitars rare, so are becoming collectable.:):):thumb:
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  5. AlexJCRandall

    AlexJCRandall Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 11, 2012
    There are great woods which are just ripe for the use as well. Ziricote and Machiche are 2 such woods you could add in.

  6. Percy

    Percy Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Why only Mexican made and American made Elite guitars and basses?

  7. Skinny Nitro

    Skinny Nitro Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 21, 2013
    Merseyside UK
    The Chinese import huge amounts of rosewood for furniture manufacture, wherein lies the problem.
    No doubt illegal logging for rosewood will expand to satisfy the demand.
    Quantities used for musical instrument fingerboards are comparatively small and should be excluded from the regulations.
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  8. OlyMap

    OlyMap Strat-Talker

    Apr 4, 2016
    I know, wierd right?

  9. OlyMap

    OlyMap Strat-Talker

    Apr 4, 2016
    True enough, but you can hardly argue the case for them to stop using it and continue to use it yourself just based on quantity. All the guitar manufacturers as a group must use plenty of the stuff.

    It may be a drop in the ocean but it's a responsible position to take.
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  10. Heruhur

    Heruhur Strat-Talk Member

    May 18, 2016
    The Netherlands
    Probably Pau Ferro for mexican because its a cheap substitute. And Ebony on its "premium" elite guitars. They probably have enough rosewood to last a while for the American special and professional series.

    Then you have:
    Mexican: Pau Ferro
    American: Rosewood
    American Elite: Ebony

    In short cheap guitar cheap wood, expensive guitar expensive wood.
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  11. Stratoskater

    Stratoskater Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 8, 2011
    Raleigh NC
    Yep, that's what I was thinking too.

  12. Fendereedo

    Fendereedo Most Honored Senior Member

    May 7, 2014
    I know they've added on the extra cash on models with rosewood fretboards in the UK. Mark up is about £20 and upwards. I would be quite happy for Fender to try different woods as an experiment.

  13. guitarman1984

    guitarman1984 Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 24, 2013
    The end of rosewood fretboard?!?!
    What about the Professionals and other models?

  14. Murphcaster

    Murphcaster Strat-O-Master

    Oct 17, 2013
    West Virginia
    Through inference, I suppose we're to assume that rosewood will continue to be used on the American Vintage, Professional, and Special series?

  15. Robins

    Robins Dr. von Loudster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 22, 2010
    Like I said nobody cares about the wood it is all about making money.
    Pau Ferro and Ebony are better and more rare than any rosewood on the planet.
    They change rare wood that has to be held away from all criminal wood users xD with rarer and more expensive wood.

    I like Pau Ferro and I love ebony - so be it,
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  16. Will Lefeurve

    Will Lefeurve Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 1, 2016
    England & France
    Personally, I think they should just stop producing guitars. Period!

    How many more guitars does the world need. Its awash with the bloody things. They're everywhere, and the majority never, I repeat 'never' get played. They end up under beds, in box rooms, garages, and car boot sales, along with billions of other 'things', after the 5 minute wonder has worn off. An absolute disgusting waste of the worlds resources.

    Ok, I've had my little rant, and I have to hold my hand up and say in the past I've been just as guilty as anybody else as far as guitars are concerned, a few other things too. However, until industries can prove that the materials/energy they use to produce 'things' is sustainable, then at the very least enforceable quotas should be introduced that force a meaningful change of process. Not just move on to some other species that will end in exactly the same way. That won't happen of course because all industries are afraid of losing market share. A vicious circle that I certainly can't see an end to..
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  17. AxemanVR

    AxemanVR Strat-O-Master

    Feb 8, 2014
    Minnesota USA
    Yeah, I too like maple just fine on my Fenders, but I would miss not having rosewood on my Guild D-40...


  18. CalicoSkies

    CalicoSkies Senior Stratmaster

    Jun 10, 2013
    Hillsboro, OR, USA
    New trees can be replanted after trees are harvested. It seems to me trees are renewable, as long as companies are responsible and actually replant trees after they're harvested. And if there is known demand for a particular wood, I don't see why they can't plant extra trees to raise just for this purpose.

    And guitar playing is often a hobby for many people.. I don't think we need to shame people for not playing their guitars. Sometimes I go a few months without playing, but I end up picking up a guitar and playing a bit eventually. You could look at anything people do as a hobby and ask "how many does the world really need?", but I don't think you can blame people for having an occasional hobby. People enjoy having something to do in their free time and might not be able to do it all the time. If they don't do it professionally, then there's a good chance someone might have other things to do that prevents them from playing guitar a lot.

  19. Yogi

    Yogi Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 21, 2009
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    Is Pau Ferro really cheap? They use it on the higher dollar SRV strat and it's typically more expensive when you source a warmoth with it.

  20. BobbyS

    BobbyS Strat-Talker

    Dec 11, 2011
    Los Lunas, NM
    the trees will still be here when humans have self destructed
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