One of the reasons ZIG uses FSC Certified Lumber

In light of the riecent events in the guitar industry – Gibson being investigated for using banned lumber purchased thru a vendor – has brought a point up that we at Zero Impact Guitars, have built our business around. Using only reclaimed smartwood or FSC Certified lumber because of the scarcity of the exotic tonewoods and the lack of ability to accuire the material.

In the not so distant future, there will be a shortage of new tonewood due to the major guitar companies gobbling up all that is available to insure their existence.

This news of Gibson being investigated is not new. There have been plenty of companies that have done the exact same thing. After all, the big guitar companies are just out to get their product into every “Chain Music Store” out there. They have to, their board requires X$ of sales. They just pump out as many guitars as they can in a day. No personality, no difference, just cookie cutter guitars. That was the reason I decided to build guitars back in the 80’s. Nothing out there was up to my standard as far as playability or uniqueness. Not to mention the poor quality hardware and hole plugger pickups that were standard on every guitar being built in the 80’s.

Don’t listen to me though. Go to your local chain music store and look at a few guitars. Hell, look at all of them. Find one that was built in the US by Hand…………… Not too many out there huh. They are out there, you just have to go to the right stores.

I know that there are alot of people out there that feel the same way. I have 3 months of backorders to prove that, but that isn’t my point. My point is that many of the larger guitar manufactures don’t give a flip about anything but their bottom line or their profits. No matter what the consequences.

The FSC (Forestry Stewardship Councl) has setup guidelines for the growers to follow that will help insure that there is a responcible harvesting of the matured trees and that replacements have been planted for the future. This most often drives up the cost of the lumber, but we have the peace of mind knowing that the same type of material might be available for future generations to enjoy.

We know that we alone can not save all the trees. But we can do our part as a responsible user of our planets natural resources, to help in the preservation of the much sought after tone wood that luthiers have used for centuries.

~ by CGT - 0-Impact Guitars on November 23, 2009.

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