I have recently been wondering about Mother of Pearl, and know that it comes from Abalone, but what i don't know is that does a living creature have to be killed for it, or do the guitar companies, use shells that have been discarded by the creature ?
I know I sound all hippy and stuff, but I am vegetarian, and I have been looking at my Ibanez Giger Rg2 and noticed alot of MOP on it. Yes it looks nice, but id rather it not used in my guitar.
I know Steve Vai is a Vegetarian and respects all living creaters, but I wonder his choice in using MOP on the vine tree of life inlays.
I'm interested in other peoples opinion on the matter whether you agreee its good or bad, and if there is an alternative ?
or even if someone can tell me that the MOP process doesn't kill the abalone, but i doubt it cause people eat it and they must do something with the shell...
is Abalone a sentient being, or is it just a sea turd