Brazilian rosewood has long been considered to be a cherished tonewood by musical instrument builders and collectors. With extraordinary aesthetic characteristics and rich sustain, its exceptional tone and quality make Brazilian rosewood one of the most coveted woods in the music industry.
For 2013, Brazilian Rosewood is available from PRS in a variety of ways*:
Collection grade Brazilian rosewood is cherry-picked from the best Private Stock material we have and is what we believe to be the highest quality available.
Collection electric guitars will include Brazilian rosewood necks, fretboards, and headstock veneers.
Collection acoustics will include Brazilian rosewood back and sides.
Beginning at the 2013 NAMM show, Brazilian rosewood fretboards and veneers are available on electric and acoustic instruments.
Private Stock grade Brazilian rosewood necks will be available on Private Stock electric guitars and Private Stock grade Brazilian rosewood back and sides will be available on Private Stock Signature model acoustics: Tony McManus, Martin Simpson, and Cody Kilby models.
Core Artist Package electric instruments will now default to Artist grade Brazilian rosewood fretboards and headstock veneers.
Core Artist Package acoustic instruments will include a three-piece Brazilian rosewood back and Brazilian side option (the default is Tasmanian blackwood).
Beginning in 2013, Paul Reed Smith Guitars will donate a portion of the proceeds from guitars made using Brazilian rosewood to the Monte Pascoal Pau Brasil Ecological Corridor project (MPPB-EC). The MPPB-EC aims to reforest and restore native ecosystems in a large section of Atlantic Forest in Brazil. Due in part to outstanding benefits for local communities and the positive impact on the Atlantic Forest biodiversity and ecosystem, this project was awarded the coveted “Gold Level” validation to the Climate Community and Biodiversity Standards. Throughout the project’s 30-year lifetime, it is expected that more than 2,470 acres will be reforested. This process has already begun.
“As a company we are dedicated to providing exceptional instruments in a responsible manner. I have always personally loved the sound and feel of Brazilian Rosewood, and I am happy to be able to make guitars for musicians using this prized material while supporting the MPPB-EC initiative,” Paul Reed Smith
*Instruments containing Brazilian Rosewood that are marked with “USA Only” or “Custom Built for the USA” on the back of the headstock are for the purpose of sale ONLY in the U.S. When a guitar is shipped overseas from the U.S., a re-export permit issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service certifying that the Brazilian Rosewood components are from a lawful source is required. In addition, some countries require a separate permit to import a guitar with Brazilian Rosewood components. Finally, a number of countries, including the countries making up the European Union, have barred the importation of Brazilian Rosewood altogether, except under certain very narrow circumstances.
United States law does not require supporting documentation to be shipped with a guitar containing Brazilian Rosewood components sold in the United States. Therefore while the wood used on the above mentioned instruments is qualified for sale in the U.S., the instrument cannot be exported from the U.S., nor can certification be obtained for the exportation of the instrument. Only Brazilian Rosewood that was harvested before June of 1992 (when the wood was listed as a protected species under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)) and is accompanied by a CITES export permit from Brazil can be shipped in foreign commerce. (In normal circumstances, the CITES document does not travel with the specific guitar to the end customer). The Brazilian Rosewood used by PRS Guitars is obtained in compliance with these conditions.