Rosewood trees now endangered species

Rosewood trees now endangered species
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#1

Hey folks, just saw this on my FB feed… as always, I recommend avoiding the comments section!

5 Things You Should Know About The New Rosewood Law.


#2

I do love a nice rosewood guitar (I don’t own one unfortunately). Does anybody know which species of tone wood has similar properties? Would that be Sappeli? I believe that’s not on the Cites list and is related to Rosewood. But I’m not sure if it sounds the same.


#3

Thats too bad. The guitar guys were not using it excessively, trafficking it, poaching it, and wasting it.

Thanks China. You large bunch of wonderfully conscious and ethical people.


#4

For electrics, where about the only use of rosewood is for fretboards, it may not be a very big deal. Here’s an excellent clip where the guy swaps out a maple vs rosewood fb on the same guitar body for a controlled tone comparison. Barely distinguishable…


#5

I certainly don’t… my Pimentel classical and 6-string, plus Martin 6-string, all have rosewood backs & sides, whereas the Martin 12 has sapele back & sides. Martin touts the use of sapele as being “sustainable.” The 12 string certainly sounds gorgeous… here’s a song I did where it’s the featured instrument, a cover of the Charlie Sexton/Steve Earle song Dillingham Lane:


#6

Dave you have a pleasing distinct singing voice, it stands out well in this song, Do you have other acoustic songs?


#7

Why, thank you Daniel! That is very kind of you to say. I do indeed have many more acoustic songs, it’s my usual style. I’ll send you a personal message with some links. :smile:


#8

For me, the difference has more to do with the feel while playing. I know this will seem strange, but to me, maple seems to be less forgiving than rosewood. That’s the only way I can describe it. But again, that’s my experience with it. However, I’ve grown to love playing on maple and I LOVE how bending feels on maple more than rosewood. Tonaly, I’d be hard pressed to hear an audible difference though


#9

After acquiring my Music Man Cutlass recently, I know just what you mean, that’s the first guitar I’ve owned with a maple neck. I just LOVE playing that baby! It also features stainless steel frets, and bending on it is just so smoooooooth.


#10

I have 25 acres of mature maple if anyone needs any.

sincerely

Paul


#11

“Man against nature, man against man, or man against self.”

Will we ever learn?


#12

I’ve heard of a multitude, but that’s a maple-itude. Damn.