Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Long Island City, NY
Traveling with Rosewood ('88 77FP)
There are several threads with information pertaining to the CITES rosewood issues, but I'm not too sure about a few things and was wondering if anyone could help me with some specific questions I have re traveling with an '88 Jem77FP (or any Jem for that matter):
1. As I know it, the ban now affects all types of rosewood, even though initially it was just Brazilian rosewood. Is this correct? Is there a different procedure when dealing with Brazilian rosewood?
2. Does the ban affect just commercial traffic of rosewood or does it also affect 'personal carry' items? ie. If I travel and bring my guitar along, do I have to have any paperwork etc the way I would have to if I were to ship the guitar?
3. As a follow up to the above, is there any paperwork necessary for traveling and touring with rosewood-fretboarded (wait, that's not a real word?) guitars?
I recently bought an '88 77FP and the guitar is sitting with a cousin of mine in the UK. I know I could obtain a CITES permit and have it shipped here to me in the US, but I'll likely be passing through and could pick it up and bring it over myself on the way back. I'm also concerned with the prospect of touring and traveling. This guitar will likely not tour with me, but a few other Jems might and they're all rosewood necks - not sure what type of rosewood exactly, though it seems the older ones (the '88 FP and an '89 RB) look like they have Brazilian rosewood, and the newer ones ('04 555 and '10 7V) look more like East Indian Rosewood.
Anyhow - that's that. If anyone has any insight it would be greatly appreciated!