Hello experts, noob question here about CITES and travelling with a personal guitar into the US. I would like to bring a guitar from Japan to the US and would like to understand what to expect with respect to CITES. This is a personal instrument, not to be sold. I am not in the business of making nor selling guitars. I will be entering the US through San Francisco airport and carrying only 1 guitar and nothing else that could be scrutinized. I have done some research, including reading docs on fws.gov, CITES related posts here on Delcamp, and listening to this podcast on the subject: https://www.fretboardjournal.com/podcas ... hn-thomas/
From what I have learned, as long as there is no Brazilian Rosewood (appendix 1), this can pass as a “personal effect” as it would be imported for no commercial purpose, and the instrument is less than 10kg (22lbs) and therefore not require CITES documentation. So, the task at hand, and what I am asking the group for advice on is whether or not this guitar might possibly be deemed by customs as having Brazilian Rosewood in it, because I honestly don’t know the answer to that question, and I’d prefer to not deal with any paperwork if I don’t have to.
The guitar is a Yamaha FG-600J. It is not a high end guitar by any means (can be purchased used in Japan for a few hundred USD). I have searched all online references to the materials used in this guitar. There seems no doubt about the top (spruce), neck (mahogany), fingerboard & bridge (ebony). However, I have found the back and sides to be called various things:
- “Jacaranda”. Long thread on these forums titled “Kohno & - Sakurai Guitar Fan Club ….” In which Jacaranda and use of this term by Japanese luthiers is discussed, and whether or not it always equates to Brazilian vs Honduran vs CSAR Rosewood. My read, is that the “Jacaranda” label doesn’t always mean Brazilian…
- “Honduras Rosewood”: this model is referred to as having Honduras Rosewood on a couple of for sale ads (e b a y and j-guitar)
- “New Jacaranda”: a Japanese language blog referred to this guitar as using New Jacaranda for the back and sides
The price point suggests to me that it is not Brazilian as my impression is that a guitar with Brazilian in it would be more costly, but I could be very wrong here.
I’m attaching some photos of the guitar back/sides here and am hoping that you experienced folks can advise whether or not there is risk with me bringing this in without paperwork? Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer!
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