#1
Here's a question that's been on my mind for a while, and I've never heard anyone seriously mention it:

How do you know your guiitar is made from wood from a sustainable source?

I mean, guitar building probably uses more exotic woods, particularly mahogany (at least, as a percentage) than say furniture manufacture, which is almost entirely pine and oak and probably comes from europe anyway.

Are there any laws in place in this country that prevent importing of goods that are made from non sustainable recources?

If you ask why i care, Its not that i'm really worried about the effect it has global warming, I just think the rainforest is a beautiful thing and is worth preserving, I did a quick search before I posted, but if there's any threads on this already please post a link to them.
#2
martin has stock piles of wood in their factory that is worth more then your life because it is all extinct now.
#4
to a point I'm sure. but nowhere near the impact of the lumber industry.
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#5
Yes but with that wood from the rainforest we can build loads of guitars, so that we can all write songs about preserving nature etc.

It all balances out...

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#6
Oh. I thought you said "Is guitar building affecting defenestration?" That is a different conversation entirely.
#7
most guitars are made of alder, ashe, basswood, maple and mahogony. None of those are really exotic except for the special mahogony Gibson makes Les Pauls out of, which they protect and try to regrow it.
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I'm pretty sure it can only be affecting... not effecting.

+1 Affect is a verb, effect is a noun.

But as to your actual topic here: meh I dunno. I am a complete c*nt when it comes to any kind of global awareness.
#9
Just don't smash your guitar. Kurt Cobain was a forest killer.

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to a point I'm sure. but nowhere near the impact of the lumber industry.


Well, Wouldn't factories buy thier wood from the lumber industry anyway?
#11
Yes, but not to the same extent as other industries.

A LOT of furniture is mahogany and rosewood.

Some guitar manufacturers, like Martin, are trying out alternative materials, or unusal woods.
I've had all this deforestation stuff drilled into my head in 3rd grade. I always feel guilty when I consider what woods guitars are made of.

PRS waste so much wood. I saw a video of their factory tour. If some body-sized chunks are anything short of perfect is sawn in half and used as firewood (I'm sure most other manufacturers would KILL to get wood that's less-than-perfect for PRS)
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Yes but with that wood from the rainforest we can build loads of guitars, so that we can all write songs about preserving nature etc.

It all balances out...

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I think alot of nature freaks use bamboo guitars and stuff...

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#13
how many guitars do you think are made?
do you think they kill a whole forest for one guitar?
none of these woods are really exotic.
and to the post above, no they do not store that much wood.
it dries out, and it can warp and crack.
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Well global warming is a crock of **** so don't worry about it.


It's not the global warming i'm worried about, If they measure your CO2 output in tons/year, and a guitar weighs about a couple of kg, then the amount of carbon it contains is not really contributing all that much. It's the Forests themselves that I'm worried about, i mean, they haven't even documented half the species that live in them, think how much cool stuff there must be in there...
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Quote by exiledsoul
how many guitars do you think are made?
do you think they kill a whole forest for one guitar?
none of these woods are really exotic.
and to the post above, no they do not store that much wood.
it dries out, and it can warp and crack.

They have to be dry before being made into a guitar
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Well global warming is a crock of **** so don't worry about it.

Global warming or not, I still think we shouldn't **** up our planet.
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They have to be dry before being made into a guitar


obviously, but if you leave it in a store room the wood can crack and warp.
maybe you should read my whole post before commenting on it.
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#20
Did you know that I was thinking like exactly the same thing half an hour ago :O
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Quote by exiledsoul
how many guitars do you think are made?

Well, rakes of guitars, there's shops everywhere full of them, all brand new, and they must come from somewhere.

do you think they kill a whole forest for one guitar?

No, but the sheer volume of guitars must be massive, Granted, probably not as big as others eg construction.

none of these woods are really exotic.

I thought mahogany only grew in the tropics?



No one's really answered the question, is there any way of ensuring your guitar comes from a sustainable source?
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#23
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to a point I'm sure. but nowhere near the impact of the lumber industry.

Guitar companies buy off the lumber industry.
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