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The Breedlove Exotic Parlor, Brazilian Rosewood, and why this guitar is so unique!

When you hear "the most prized tonewood in the world," what comes to mind? If you’re like most luthiers, musicians and collectors, you automatically think of Brazilian rosewood, the universally coveted, exceptionally rare and heavily regulated tonewood. Those fortunate enough to own a guitar made with Brazilian rosewood – and those who have had the opportunity to play one – know this tonewood is something unique and incredible. Brazilian rosewood is hard, stiff, and highly resonant with a chime-like ring that sustains. When cut, it has a delicious floral scent, similar to roses, thus the name. Breedlove recently negotiated the purchase of the world’s largest collection of completely legal, certified CITES-compliant Brazilian rosewood for use in their highest end instruments. Breedlove's stock of Brazilian rosewood is not only legally certified, exquisite, and rare, it is completely stable due to the number of years these sets cured in a perfect climate prior to acquisition. These tone sets were cared for by experts for over 50 years in Spain before being transferred to the wood experts at Breedlove. Breedlove Exotic Parlor

Brazillian Rosewood on the Breedlove Exotic Parlor


Why is Brazilian rosewood so heavily regulated? In 1967, Brazilian rosewood had become so popular for instruments and other wood products that the Brazilian government became concerned that this precious hardwood could be wiped out, so the government outlawed the export of rosewood logs. What are the details of the Brazilian rosewood regulations? In 1967, the Brazilian government outlawed the export of Brazilian rosewood logs and in 1992 the newly formed CITES convention declared Brazilian rosewood a threatened species. As a result, most nations throughout the world declared it illegal to harvest, export or import any Brazilian rosewood (including products produced from Brazilian rosewood) harvested after 1992. In 2008 the United States Congress expanded the Lacey Act to include wood products and required chain of custody for every step of ownership of Brazilian rosewood to insure compliance with U.S.A. and international regulations. Is it legal to buy a guitar made from Brazilian rosewood? If the guitar is a Breedlove, it is 100% legal. For other manufacturers, it depends on whether the instrument was made from legally obtained Brazilian rosewood. In order for the instrument to be legal, you must have proof that the rosewood was already cut prior to the bans. When you purchase or design a custom a Breedlove guitar made from Brazilian rosewood, it will come with all the paperwork necessary to prove that your guitar is not only crafted from legally-obtained rosewood, but also to qualify for a guitar passport, to enable you to travel across international borders with your guitar. How can I be sure the Brazilian Rosewood in my Breedlove is legal? We bought our supply from Madinter, a hardwood trading company specializing in Brazilian rosewood. Mandinter imported several Brazilian rosewood logs during the 1950s and 1960s, prior to the 1967 Brazilian restrictions. Our selection of Brazilian tone sets comes exclusively from these trees imported prior to 1967. We purchased Madinter’s collection in its entirety in 2013. Every Breedlove guitar crafted from Brazilian rosewood has supporting documentation that ensures that your instrument is legal. Click here to check out the new Breedlove Exotic Parlor Acoustic made with Brazilian Rosewood  

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