Possible CITES U-turn: Is Rosewood set for a comeback?

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In January, the International Coalition Meeting involving trade bodies from all over the world discussed the proposal to exempt rosewood used in instrument manufacture from CITES regulatory controls. If adopted, this would have a huge impact on guitar makers all over the world.  In May 2019, the CITES board will meet in Sri Lanka to discuss […]

Will CITES II free up trade in music instruments using rosewood in 2019?

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So far, the CITES directive has caused manufacturers, dealers and owners a lot of headaches and additional costs. However, things could be about to change. A proposed “CITES II” regulation would exemptions for musical instruments… CITES II New proposals were presented by a working group at the 70th CITES convention held in Sotchi in October […]

Gibson unveils its new Les Paul Player Plus Series

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Gibson has announced its new Les Paul Player Plus Series, consisting of three USA model variations available with either P-90, mini-humbuckers or BurstBucker Pro pickups. Gibson Les Paul Player Plus Series The Les Paul Player Plus Series is available in one of three different pickup configurations: P-90 Pickups – Based around Gibson’s 1946 original single coil […]

Fender Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster 2018 – CITES regulations changes fretboard

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The Fender Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster has been given a subtle update for 2018 in the wake of CITES regulations that affect the sale and movement of rosewood worldwide. How will the new fretboard affect the sound of this well-specified budget guitar? Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster 2018 Dinosaur Jr’s J Mascis has had a few […]

PRS Limited Edition SE Stealth series hitting PRS dealers in Europe

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The new limited edition PRS SE Stealth Series consists of a whole slew of regular SE models, just in a new hand-rubbed finish in a cool grey colour. And they are finally reaching the grubby hands of players in Europe. PRS SE Stealth Series This range includes the PRS SE Custom 22, Custom 24 (also […]