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Thread September 3, 2011 editorial: comments

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1 September 3, 2011 editorial: comments

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.

Chater-La

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If you've ever played a resin cast Parker you'll know that resonance and sustain are not dependent on wood grain. The resin cast Parkers are some of the best guitars out there. I know,I know,I also reach for the Mahogany when I want a dark tone. But with a little finesse and tweaking I could get a satisfactory tone from any guitar. Why do we always feel like we need to sound like the old timers anyway? The past is in the past,embrace the future my colleagues!
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All those images over the years of wild and raucus rockers smashing their instruments in a fit of rebellion and independence. It's a new century, and they were just being wasteful and and antiecological. The spirit of rock'n'roll is just Luddite self indulgence. What a drag.