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 […]

Metallica’s new ‘old wood’ guitar – Garage Days Revisited?

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Metallica’s James Hetfield has launched a video of himself talking about and playing his new/old ‘Garage Days Revisited’ Explorer shaped guitar, made from the reclaimed timber of an old garage… Garage Days Revisited No, it isn’t just any old garage, but the one where Metallica wrote Ride The Lightning and Master Of Puppets albums. The […]