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.