No More Rosewood

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Kala said it will no longer use Rosewood in its instruments.

 

As we noted in February, Kala has been informing its customers outside the U.S. that due to new restrictions on the importation of Rosewood and other exotic wood species, there will be delays in shipping its Ukuleles and uBasses.

Now Kala notes on its web site that it plans to discontinue using Rosewood in its domestic and imported instruments.

In a note on its web site, Kala said:

Because of the CITES prohibition on all species of Rosewood (Dalbergia), Kala will no longer be using Rosewood on our imported and USA-made instruments as of July 2017. We will still be shipping the remaining stock of Kala instruments with Rosewood to dealers until they are cleared out of our warehouses. You may see Kala instruments with Rosewood in stores for some time after our remaining stock has been sold. As early as February 2017 we began importing instruments with Walnut fingerboards and bridges. Along with Walnut, we will also be using Pau Ferro (Morado) and other non-CITES regulated woods to replace any components formerly using Rosewood.

So if you’re a fan of Rosewood fretboards, check your local dealer’s inventory for what’s left that can still be sold. Pretty soon Rosewood in Kala musical instruments will be a thing of the past.

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Kala Affected by Rosewood Restrictions

 

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East Indian Rosewood is one of the Rosewood species restricted for export.

 

Like all companies selling instruments and products containing Rosewood, Kala is affected by the new regulations restricting Rosewood species sales across borders.

The company has placed this disclaimer on its web site:

INTERNATIONAL ORDERS
Please bear with us—due to new International Export Regulations regarding all species of Rosewood there will be an undetermined postponement of orders containing Kala Elites, California U-Basses, and USA Banjo Ukulele shipping outside the United States. We hope to have this resolved as soon as possible.

The Convention of International Trade of Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES) held a conference from September 24 to October 4 this year in Johannesburg, South Africa, where it was decided that all species of rosewood under the genus Dalbergia and three bubinga species (Guibourtia demeusei, Guibourtia pellegriniana, and Guibourtia tessmannii) will be protected and its export restricted, according to Reverb.com.

The restrictions went into affect January 2.

Kosso – sometimes called African rosewood (Pterocarpus erinaceus) – will also be protected, they note.

While Brazilian Rosewood is was already under CITES protection, now all the nearly 300 other species of rosewood are under similar regulation. This includes East Indian rosewood and Honduran rosewood – as well as woods like cocobolo (Dalbergia retusa) and African blackwood (Dalbergia melanoxylon) – that are widely used in the manufacturing of stringed instruments, marimbas and some woodwinds.

Rosewood is the world’s most trafficked wild product, according to the UN Office of Drugs and Crime, accounting for a third of all seizures by value, more than elephant ivory, pangolins, rhino horn, lions and tigers put together.

So, if you’re an overseas customer of Kala’s, prepare for delays if you buy an instrument form them. Sales shipped within the United States are not affected. If you already own an instrument with rosewood and have it in your possession, there’s no need to worry. You can also travel with previously purchased instruments with no restrictions.