Intune wrote: ↑
Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:49 pm
I just ordered a guitar with ziricote back and sides. Some say it looks and sounds like a highly figured rosewood, but strictly speaking it's not a dalbergia and should be CITES-legal, as far as I can tell.
Yes, it's not on the Cites list yet. I've been using it a lot in recent years and no special permits are needed for ziricote.
Rosewood substitutes, by definition, should be woods that look and sound like the rosewoods, IMO, or they are not really a substitute.
Maple and walnut, are not really rosewood substitutes
, as they do not in my experience sound anything like woods in the dalbergia genus. Nor would acacia melanoxylon or acacia koa be rosewood substitutes, even though they might be, like walnut and maple, great (but different) sounding woods.
So if a client called me and asked for a good rosewood substitute
(for international shipping purposes) I would not say "Hey, you gotta go with maple then!" I think this would be bad advice. It would be better to choose a wood with similar weight, properties, appearance, etc.
Like most makers, I've been using the rosewoods for a long time and I have certification for most of my wood. But due to necesity, I am doing some experimenting with other woods. Ziricote is a great substitute for dalbergia. I have purchased a bunch of beautiful sets of Bocote, but have not had a chance to use it yet, as many people are skeptical of woods hitherto unknown. Pau Ferro is very promising, and has been working great as a rosewood substitute for bridges. It is pretty much identical to a rosewood in weight, stiffness and appearance. It's often called Santos rosewood or Bolivian rosewood.