Dear Fellow Audiofanziners!
This week we have published a new item regarding US Agents Raid Gibson Over Ebony. For those of you who don't know, Ebony is now an endangered tree species following over harvesting as it is a very widely used wood for making musical instruments, furniture, decoration, etc. And since large ebony forests are slowly becoming a rarer and rarer find, it has increased its value and has only encouraged forestry of the ebony tree.
So I will not get into the specifics of the Gibson case, as you can read and decide for yourself. But I think it is important to shed light on a greater issue when choosing a musical instrument. We http://www.safarigifts.com/shopcart/images/info/Ebony1.jpgneed to be more sensitive as to where the materials are sourced from. And taking it even further, perhaps in the future guitars made of wood will be a thing of the past
or a very expensive endeavor? Today it is ebony, tomorrow it is rosewood... This is another reason why I wholeheartedly support the second hand market for musical instruments. It prevents the harvesting of new wood. And most of the time, you get an instrument with a 'history' and a 'story', not to mention that quite often you end up meeting unusually nice people.