These Rosewood alternatives will not sound significantly different than the various Dalbergias we use. The differences, if any, are too small to describe or articulate.
Ebony: The common black or gray mottled fingerboard wood used on guitars for centuries. It is getting increasingly difficult and expensive to obtain, but it still has no restrictions on import/export.
These restrictions would also apply to any instruments with certain top woods including Cocobolo, which is also a Dalbergia, and African Blackwood fingerboards (also a Dalbergia).
In addition to orders, we will also be unable to export any instruments from the “In Stock” page of our website that contain any of the restricted woods.
We are entering a new era where many of the traditional guitar woods are endangered and need protection. There are many sustainable alternative woods available for guitar making and we will continue to seek out the best we can.
Sadowsky Guitars Ltd.
2107 41st Avenue 4th Floor
Long Island City, NY 11101-4802