Globally the guitar building business is just a small part of the wood business but they are known to use the rarest woods available. The reason why some woods are rare can simply be because the figure or the trees are rare (birdseye maple) but sometimes it is because the wood species are endangered (Brazilian rosewood).

It is important that bass players and bass builders get aware of how the wood is harvested.

 

At Adamovic we try to use as much as possible certified woods and species that are not becoming rare. We buy our stock at local certified suppliers and try to use salvaged woods if possible.

Underneath you can find more info about the wood we use and how and where we buy it. It is a nice feeling knowing that the bass you play was made with care about the environment.

 

FSC is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world's forests. The FSC label provides a credible link between responsible production and consumption of forest products, enabling consumers and businesses to make purchasing decisions.

Please visit the FSC page for more information.

 

We always try to get woods with an FSC certification. Searching for top grade woods with the desired grain patron and FSC certification can be very time consuming. But if we want to make sure we will have access to the best tonewoods in the future we have to do this as much as possible.

In the wood pages you can recognize a certain species that is available with FSC certification by the logo: FSC

 

Do you ever ask yourself what happens with the threes that where cut down because they needed the space for a road or building? Or what happens to the trees that fell down becasue of a storm? Some are sold to local wood stores but most of them are destroyed and made into pulp for paper!

Sometimes they are beautiful trees and we have been talking to the municipal government to collect them. Collecting these trees is very time consuming. But it's worth the extra work because the wood from these trees has the absolute minimal negative affect to the environment for the simple reason that they are cut down anyway. In the wood pages you can recognize a certain wood species is salvaged by the logo: Sal

 

We have been starting to collect nice pieces about 5 years ago and the first pieces are ready for use now. Some of the woods that we have collected are beautiful black locust (see picture underneath), spalted flamed poplar, spalted elm for tops. Also some nice cherry and chestnut for the bodies

 

Underneath we have listed a couple of popular "guitar woods" that we will not use on our instruments. The reason is because they are endangered.

 

But also because it is not necessary to use them. There are over 300 commercially available woods and for every wood there is a tonally similar substitute.

Mahogany
 

Also called Honduran Mahogany (Latin: swietenia) and one of the most used woods in bass and guitar building in the past centuries. It is usually light to medium weight but can vary a lot in weight and structure. This wood has been high in demand for many years and has become so rare that it's been added to the CITES list and has been given the Appendix II status.

Because of the restrictions and high demand it has been planted throughout the world. The available wood from these plantations, which is used in most instruments these days, can vary in color, structure and density (and thus tone) compared to the original wild grown timber. The original wild grown mahogany has a warm fat tone and a good sustain but can be a bit muddy.

Brazilian rosewood
 

We do not use Brazilian rosewood because it is on the Appendix I CITES list, the exact same list for highly endangered species as the Bengal tiger, the black rhino or the panda (see below).

The only material that can be sold legally is old stock, which has to display a CITES Certificate, noting special approval (just like the horn from rhino's). But these certificates are often falsified to sell illegal, freshly cut lumber. We have been offered Supposedly "30 year old" Brazilian rosewood many times from around the world but we just don't trust it. Most small builders and customers are simply not aware of the endangered status of this species and are not qualified to check the certificates; another reason to stay away from this species.

Cocobolo
 

We do not use cocobolo because it is on the Appendix II CITES list. It can still be used but the species is endangered and that is reason enough for us to stop using it.

It was used as a substitute for Brazilian rosewood but because of high demand the natural resources became scarse rapidly.

We have not been buying cocobolo since 2008 when it became clear that cocobolo was getting endangered. Since then we used up the few pieces we already had and now we do not offer it anymore.

     
     
     

 

CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

The species covered by CITES are listed in three Appendices, according to the degree of protection they need.

Please visit the Cites site for more info

 

- Appendix I include species threatened with extinction. Trade in specimens of these species is permitted only in exceptional circumstances.

- Appendix II includes species not necessarily threatened with extinction, but in which trade must be controlled in order to avoid utilization incompatible with their survival.

- Appendix III contains species that are protected in at least one country.