HNLim wrote: ↑
Sun Sep 03, 2017 4:01 pm
Beowulf wrote: ↑
Sun Sep 03, 2017 3:34 pm
P.S. CITES Brazilian rosewood restriction date: June 11, 1992.
So any guitar build before 1992 should clear this hurdle.
Yes, although it is not the date of the build, so much as the date the wood was acquired from legal sources. Yamaha exported GC70s after 1992. I have a 1993 catalogue and Yamaha exported guitars with Jacaranda (Brazilian Rosewood, a.k.a. Dalbergia Nigra) after 1992. The wood used would have been acquired years before, as Yamaha ages the wood used in its GC series for years before it is used to build an instrument. I rather suspect that Yamaha developed the new GC82 (and lower) series with Madagascar Rosewood partly due to the fact that the stores of pre-1992 Jacaranda were exhausted and thus it could no longer export the GC70, etc., series of guitars from Japan.
So, with proper CITES documentation a guitar made after 1992 could be exported as long as the wood pre-dated the listing date for Brazilian Rosewood.
However, guitars sold in Japan would be less likely to come with any CITES Documentation...so pre-1992 would be your best bet. AFAIK, guitars sold for export should have had CITES documentation after the listing date, so if the buyer kept the documentation those instruments "should" also qualify.