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Fender Announce their First Regulations On Rosewood

Fender have announced plans to substitute their rosewood components for Pau Ferro
Fender have announced plans to substitute their rosewood components for Pau Ferro
Guitar giants Fender have just announced that they are to restrict the use of the now protected Rosewood and Bubinga species in most of their Mexican-made and American Elite guitars and basses. The first of many anticipated sanctions on guitars, Fender's recent move will see them switch to the alternative tone-wood, Pau Ferro. Often referred to as 'Bolivian Rosewood' Pau Ferro expresses many of the same properties of the previously employed woods, but instead, gives a more middle ground tone response. The new regulation which was first introduced in October of last year came as a result of a combined decision from the Convention of International Trade of Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES). All species under the genus of Dalbergia and three other seperate Bubinga species were to be listed as being protected under the CITES Appendix II. With the original agreement taking effect over forty years ago, CITES try to ensure that the survival of certain species is never threatened or endangered. Speaking of the recent restrictions that were to be introduced Fender CEO Andy Mooney had the following to say: " Fender is committed to the continued use of Rosewood in American-made solid body guitars, such as our American Professional Series. After actively exploring alternate wood options to rosewood for selective use on a few US models, we will be transitioning most of our Mexico-made product away from rosewood to Pau Ferro, a fantastic alternate we currently use on the SRV signature Strat. The American Elite series is transitioning to ebony fretboards with dealers and our inventories. Rosewood is still used on many series of instruments, as it is a historically accurate tone wood. The changeover will be somewhere fluid in the marketL there is no set date at this time. We are still currently evaluating options for Squier and the acoustics category. FMIC's speciality brands, Gretsch, Jackson, Charvel and EVH, will continue to sue rosewood in both solid body and acoustic models, from all source countries. Fender is committed as a brand to comply with all CITES regulations and to ensure we are continuing to deliver the best quality and accessible products to our customers and dealers." For more information on our range of Fender instruments please visit our Fender product page. Follow Gear4music.com on Facebook and Twitter to be the first to hear about the latest music gear offers and news.

By Josh Hummerston

Posted on 23 May 2017 12:21 to category : Instruments News

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