BRW found in my garage...

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  1. foreright

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    Bit of a strange one this but back in 1993 when I was at uni I did quite a bit of instrument building as part of my degree. I purchased this piece of Brazillian Rosewood at the time that had apparently been in the storeroom since the early 1980s (for approx £30!). I used part of it on a 5-string multiscale bass which I think is in storage in the attic but anyway...

    The question is, what do I do with it? The dimensions are a bit difficult for me to actually work with (I don't have a thicknesser or similar to get it to workable dimensions for fingerboard blanks any more...) and I'm not sure there's anyone near me who could do this. Regardless, I'm not sure my building skills would do it justice anyway. From the bass I built this piece has a LOT of interesting colours in it when it's sanded. I'll have to dig it out and remind myself.

    Given it's CITES status - I'm guessing I can't just sell this? I don't have any documentation to prove where it came from - as I say it's definitely pre-CITES but...

    Dimension-wise it's approx 925mm x 75-115mm and between 11 and 16mm thick (ie. 37" x 3-4.5" x 1/2") so pretty substantial.

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    you can sell it within the U.S but proving its actual Brazilian Rosewood would be hard. Id say hold onto it until you can do it justice.
     
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    I'm actually in the UK - I guess the same applies (ie. it can be shipped within the UK - possibly the EU?). Apparently if you get some shavings and put them in water it does not fluoresce under a black light but other Rosewood species do.
     
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    Isn't CITES over for guitars now? I'm sure I heard it was being resolved
     
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    CITES is over for Rosewoods in general (as you say for finished instruments / instrument parts) with the specific exclusion of Brazillian Rosewood.
     
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    Winspear Tom Winspear

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    Ah interesting - thanks for the info!
     
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    prlgmnr ...that kind of idea

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    Combine it with the rainforest mahogany that my grandmother demanded for her lounge mantelpiece in this house and we've got a guitar.
     
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    Give it to the Pondman and see what magic he can weave with it!
     
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    ... in exchange for one of his previous builds of YOUR choice... :D
     
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    I'd save it for a custom of some sort.
     
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    This. Either one you make or can send to a luthier and have them do it.
     
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    Definitely keep it. You probably won't get a great deal if you sell it but there's enough to do a fingerboard and a couple of stringers for a 5 piece neck.
     

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