Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Re: Will you smash your guitar?
It goes even deeper than that, unfortunately. A lot of musical instrument woods are now *endangered species* that are going to be increasingly more difficult to get, and also increasingly much more expensive when you ARE able to find it. This is part of the reason why guitars in general are getting more and more expensive. Mahogany is a popular wood that goes into peoples' homes and furniture as well as guitars. Sitka Spruce is down to just a few acres of trees (some alarmingly small amount...the exact figure I can't remember). Brazilian Rosewood is available in whatever quantities of scraps you can find here and there. That's it. You need to have a sizable diameter tree in order to be able to make a guitar out of it, and apparently there aren't so many old growth trees anymore. All of this was in an article in Guitar Player about a year ago, I think. I can't remember the details but I remember reading the article. So save your guitar woods and refurbish whenever possible. I'm even wondering if there might be a "certified pre-owned" guitar business popping up in the future when the good wood becomes extremely rare and expensive.