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rasomaso 10-13-2012 12:27 PM

Taylor guitars and last Ebony in the world...
Nice story, but kinda shocking if you think about all the trees wasted. I applaud his effort!

Human No More 10-16-2012 01:24 AM

Good that they're thinking about what they're doing, I guess.

Has there been any effort to clone/transplant the trees?

rasomaso 10-19-2012 07:24 PM

I don't think so, but hopefully since the company now owns about 75% of the remaining trees, and they want to keep producing guitars in the future, they'll need to keep the species alive. :D Though probably not in a forest. :(

tm20 10-20-2012 03:45 AM

i should've got 2nd hand guitars. all mine are first hand which i feel slightly guilty about (knowing that the one i bought was replaced by another one off the shelf which needed wood to be built :P) i've only got Ibanez's which have their non prestige guitars made in Indonesia, don't know if they use sustainable wood.

BTW for those of you who have multiple guitars, do you use each for a different tuning or do you keep them all the same? I know someone who has 7 guitars but all are in drop C..... seems like a waste to me >_<

rasomaso 10-28-2012 01:14 PM

yeah I use them in standard and E flat tunning, though mine are a strat and an Ibanez superstrat so very different sound regardless of tunning :P

Niri Te 10-28-2012 04:42 PM

My wife and I have two Fender Guitars, (mine), and a Fender Mandolin, (hers).
We bought them new, and do NOT apologize for that, BUT we don't need any more than that to make the kind of music that we do. Because of that we won't buy any more guitars, or mandolins, we are not collectors, we are part time musicians. As a result, we make no further impact on the ebony in the world. Other people can do that too, DON'T buy any more new instruments than you NEED to in order to make your music. The ONLY wood on one of my guitars IS the fingerboard, saving the spruce normally used for the body for something else, and the sound of that all chrome plated brass Fender Tri-cone Dobro when I play blues is INCREDIBLE. We don't need to DECIMATE the forests to make good music.

Ateyo leSyaksyuk 10-28-2012 05:12 PM

Thank you for sharing this clip from Bob Taylor. It is impressive that he actually TALKED to the workers and CARES about the long term affects of harvesting wood. I hope he can influence other guitar makers and wood industries to follow suite. I know that orchestral musicians will seek out used instruments because the tonalities produced from older instruments/woods are more valued. But how many more of us buy cheap furniture from the Filipines and Indonesia because they are cheap at WalMart and Target? Whose national economy are we ruining by buying these? Do any lumber companies "reforest" ? Shall we all buy plastic Ovations and not worry about the hydrocarbons produced by those factories? Excuse my pessimism, but we can't win , either way.

Niri Te 10-28-2012 05:33 PM

What my sweetie pie says, is not just pessimism, in today's economy, there are many minimum wage workers that can't AFFORD to get things anywhere than Wallmart, Target, or "Dollar Stores". While they won't be in the market for high end musical instruments, her last sentence DOES make a very valid point. If everyone went to brass dobro's and "plastic" Ovations, all that is happening, is that we have then shifted the impact on ANOTHER ecosystem.
The simple fact of the matter IS, that there are FAR too many people on this planet, and as a "group", we are of such a number, that our ever growing impact on the health of the Planet is becoming more, and more disastrous.
Ateyo an I are SO glad that we can look in the mirror, and feel content that NEITHER one of us has put one more human on this Planet. As a species, Homo sapiens, have become a LETHAL PARASITE to this planet.

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