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    Hi. I have a 2005 Mexican Strat with a rosewood fretboard and with the new CITES law, I'm curious what the advantages and disadvantages of having rosewood are. I love my guitar. I don't want to trade it for anything. I'm just curious what others think generally. Does rosewood now make my guitar that much more special?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mexstrat View Post
    Hi. I have a 2005 Mexican Strat with a rosewood fretboard and with the new CITES law, I'm curious what the advantages and disadvantages of having rosewood are. I love my guitar. I don't want to trade it for anything. I'm just curious what others think generally. Does rosewood now make my guitar that much more special?
    It would be Indian Rosewood on your guitar...not Brazilian Rosewood.

    Indian Rosewood is a great tone wood.

    But in a fine guitar, Brazilian sounds even better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lewguitar View Post
    It would be Indian Rosewood on your guitar...not Brazilian Rosewood.
    I know that, but now all rosewoods are being restricted.

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    Personally, I couldn't pick one or the other out in a blind test. There are tons of species of woods that are dark and add a warmer tone. Rosewood sticks around because of tradition, but I have no doubt that Pau Ferro or another wood would be equally as good as a fingerboard.
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    From my very limited experience...Brazilian Rosewood tends to be prettier/better looking wood grain.

    I've played some killer acoustics with both types...both sounded amazing. I would not be able to tell the difference between them with a blindfold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by treyhaislip View Post
    From my very limited experience...Brazilian Rosewood tends to be prettier/better looking wood grain.

    I've played some killer acoustics with both types...both sounded amazing. I would not be able to tell the difference between them with a blindfold.
    I think you could with a little more experience with Brazilian. I can. But I have had two wonderful Brazilian dreadnaughts. Still have one of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lewguitar View Post
    I think you could with a little more experience with Brazilian. I can. But I have had two wonderful Brazilian dreadnaughts. Still have one of them.
    Maybe but my Martin CEO-7 is my main acoustic and I won't be in the market for another acoustic for a loooong time...it has Mahogany sides and back.

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    If you took a whole guitar made from one vs the other, then you could expect to hear some differences almost no matter the pickups if you were playing a good amp.
    However the fretboard is only part of the whole......and the other construction elements all put their 'filter' on. In some cases you could get very different fretboards sounding identical as a whole guitar.
    In other cases the same wood blanks from the same tree can sound quite different.

    Plus anywhere inbetween.

    There are no 'advantages or disadvantages' for one wood vs another if you're talking just playing a guitar.
    If you are planning on overseas trips with it then there is the only caveat

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    Anderton's just put this video out a few days ago comparing Pau Ferro vs Rosewood Strats
    https://youtu.be/w9lX2g5l0zc

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    Quote Originally Posted by allbutromeo View Post
    Anderton's just put this video out a few days ago comparing Pau Ferro vs Rosewood Strats
    https://youtu.be/w9lX2g5l0zc
    I think a really good player can usually tell the difference. The audience or the microphone...not.

    But it's the player looking to be inspired by his or her guitar.

    The audience just knows if they like it or not.
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    Default Re: Rosewood vs Pau Ferro

    From a Woodworker's perspective:

    Pau ferro is a little less dark, more orange and mocha whereas Indian RW is more chocolate.

    Brazilian is a bit Wilder.

    Tonally, Brazilian is most balanced,with Indian the warmest and Pau ferro brightest.

    Wenge and ovangkol are great substitutions for brw.

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    ^ +1 Pau Ferro is brighter than Indian Rosewood. It also feels similar to Ebony. Bends are really smooth. Looks great too.



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    I prefer ziricote, by the way. As well as cocobolo. My two new favs, with spotted ebony. great timbers : D

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    Default Re: Rosewood vs Pau Ferro

    Cocobolo is one beautiful wood. I believe it is pretty exotic, too.
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    Default Re: Rosewood vs Pau Ferro

    I have rosewood on several of mine
    and I just love the feel
    I couldnt tell you if the tone is different
    it feels warmer than maple necks
    I like the look of a maple neck but the feel of the rosewood
    just feels warmer and oily

    may not sound different
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    Default Re: Rosewood vs Pau Ferro

    Quote Originally Posted by Mincer View Post
    Personally, I couldn't pick one or the other out in a blind test.
    Agreed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allbutromeo View Post
    Anderton's just put this video out a few days ago comparing Pau Ferro vs Rosewood Strats
    https://youtu.be/w9lX2g5l0zc
    Interesting. I could hear the difference immediately, it was obvious which was which. But then, some folks can't tell chocolate from rocky road.

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    Default Re: Rosewood vs Pau Ferro

    "Pau Ferro" sounds more exotic, go with that one.

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    Default Re: Rosewood vs Pau Ferro

    With the 1000s of species of woods out there, guitarists haven't explored many of them.
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    Default Re: Rosewood vs Pau Ferro

    I feel like with the example that the Pau Ferro is a bit more distinguishable. Color me crazy. I wouldn't throw either one out of bed.

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