New regulations are in place with regards to using rosewood in musical instruments
I was a little nonplussed when watching some NAMM videos last week and there were reports of models which used to have rosewood fretboards but would now be replaced by ebony. I always assumed that rosewood was more plentiful as a wood type than ebony. This and teak tend to be top of the list in the threatened or endangered types of woods.
Turns out China is quite fond of rosewood for furniture and have depleted the global stock so much that there's now a blanket ban on the use of any species of rosewood for musical instruments or anything else. More importantly, it affects cross-border trade of instruments that contain rosewood so if you're planning to sell (or buy) and instrument from or two a country different from yours, you may want to check your local CITES regulation.
New CITES Regulations For All Rosewood Species
A new regulation takes effect on January 2, 2017 calling for documentation when shipping internationally.
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