Fender has announced changes to their Mexican-made and American Elite guitars and basses as a result of CITES restrictions.
CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) issued legislation on Monday January 2 restricting the trading of rosewood across international borders. Instead of using rosewood fretboards, Fender’s Mexican models will soon feature Pau Ferro, while American Elite guitars and basses will switch to ebony.
“Rosewood is still used on many series of instruments, as it is a historically accurate tone wood,” said Fender CEO Andy Mooney in a statement. “The changeover will be somewhat fluid in the market; there is no set date at this time. Fender is committed to the continued use of Rosewood in American-made solidbody guitars, such as our American Professional Series. We are still currently evaluating options for Squier and the acoustics category.”
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