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GUITAR MAKERS MARTIN, GIBSON, FENDER, TAYLOR AND YAMAHA PARTNER WITH GREENPEACE TO PRESERVE THEIR SUPPLY OF OLD-GROWTH WOOD

SITKA SPRUCE, A KEY MATERIAL IN GUITAR AND PIANO SOUNDBOARDS IS THE FIRST TO RECEIVE THE COLLECTIVE’S SCRUTINY

martinguitar.jpgSome of the most sought-after woods used in guitar construction come from trees that can take hundreds of years to develop their acoustic characteristics. To protect their supplies of this wood, a collective comprised of leading guitar makers Martin, Gibson, Fender, Taylor, Yamaha and others have partnered with Greenpeace on its Music Wood campaign.

The goal of this new alliance is to protect the planet’s supply of old-growth wood from clear-cutting, the dreadful industry practice where all trees within a designated area are removed with absolutely no regard for the trees age or specific value.

The first such wood to receive the collective’s scrutiny is Sitka spruce, a key material in guitar and piano soundboards. The wood’s main supplier, Sealaska, has already agreed to a preliminary audit of its logging practices. A full assessment by third parties accredited by the Forest Stewardship Council is set to take place in summer 2008, and if Alaska-based Sealaska decides to implement their recommended reforms and apply for full FSC certification, it will be on the road to more selective logging and consideration of surrounding habitats before it cuts.

While there have been many advancements in recent years in constructing guitars from composite substances, for many of us old time guitar fanatics, there is nothing like a wooden guitar.

Let’s hope that we will continue to have that option.

-LIB

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