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In desperate need of help regarding the type of rosewood used for the fingerboard on my 7 string (RG1527 - 2003 model). In the process of emigrating from the UK to the US, and the UK Cites office say I need to find out what type of rosewood is used in order to get the correct permit (the guitar is going in a shipping container with my other guitars and personal belongings etc). I've emailed Ibanez directly both in the UK and the US, they said as the guitar was made in 2003 it wouldn't require a permit, when I queried that with the Cites office they said that is untrue, and the 10kg rule is only if the guitar is with you in person, obviously can't carry my guitar collection with me on the plane.

If anyone can shed some light on this it would be hugely appreciated, sorry for the long message.

Thanks,

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It's Indian rosewood (which is slightly less strictly regulated than Brazilian rosewood). That said, I have no way of providing PROOF of that assertion that would be likely to help with your bureaucratic struggles. But I'm confident that Ibanez hasn't sold any guitar with Brazilian rosewood since at LEAST the mid 80s.
 

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I had to get a permit for a JC and needed the scientific name which Ibanez provided as Dalbergia Latifolia, which is indian rosewood but you need to use the scientific name.
Yep, I understand that these are all Indian rosewood and Dalberia latifolia matches the wikipedia entry for that species.

Usually anything more specialised than that, especially Brazilian rosewood, was always noted as a "feature" by almost all builders since the early 90s and would have been in adverts and catalogues as such. If it was Brazilian rosewood, I'd wager we'd all know about it.
 

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Yep, I understand that these are all Indian rosewood and Dalberia latifolia matches the wikipedia entry for that species.

Usually anything more specialised than that, especially Brazilian rosewood, was always noted as a "feature" by almost all builders since the early 90s and would have been in adverts and catalogues as such. If it was Brazilian rosewood, I'd wager we'd all know about it.
I'm aware of a small handful of models with "Honduran rosewood", but none with anything more exotic than that. You can assume that if it was made by Ibanez in the last 30 years and the description says simply "rosewood" that it's Indian (i.e. Dalbergia Latifolia).
 

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Thank you for all your help, Ibanez emailed me confirming what you all had said. The email is sufficient as the "proof" the Cites office needed.

Thanks again,

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Hello Hontus.

I went to the US to pick a UVMCRE and i didn't need any CITES Certificate! I just told the guitar was mine. Just had to fill a form because of Customs.

And you can travel with your instruments nowadays.

Cheers,
H.
 
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