FOLLOW DEVIL & SONS GUITARS
Rosewood is a common wood used in guitars (i.e. fingerboard, back, sides, binding) but has recently become regulated under The Convention of International Trade of Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES).
As UK based company Devil And Sons is effected by a new regulation that took effect on January 2, 2017 that calls for documentation when shipping instruments internationally that contain any amount of any kind of rosewood or certain types of bubinga. For us it does not apply to instruments shipped within the borders of the EU.
How does this affect you?
We are actively trying to produce guitars that do not use regulated wood, however some of the builds previous to March 2017 and for specific custom request we may use rosewood.
If you live outside of the EU and are purchasing a guitar containing a regulated wood we can still sell to you, and will organise the relevant CITES permit. This is an additional charge of £115GBP. We use a fast-track service with the UK government with an average turnaround of 14 days instead of the normal 90 days)
Why This Happened
CITES is an international agreement that has been in effect since 1975. Its goal is to ensure that international trade of wildlife does not threaten the survival of species or the health of ecosystems. Nations participate in and adhere to CITES regulations voluntarily, but it is legally binding for those opting in.
According to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, rosewood accounted for the highest percentage of illicit wildlife seizures by value from 2005 to 2014.
The reason for the billion-dollar demand for rosewood - and the subsequent trafficking - has less to do with musical instruments and much more to do with furniture. In particular, China’s high-end furniture market created enormous demand that led to severe deforestation of several Dalbergia species in Thailand, Vietnam, and several other countries.
Not all Dalbergia species are threatened by the furniture boom. But rather than train border officials across the world how to identify the nuanced differences between them - something that even experts struggle with at times - the participants of the CITES conference decided to create a blanket regulation on the entire genus of Dalbergia wood.