I am becoming increasingly aware of the problem of over use of certain types of tree for guitar building and so try to minimise my own impact as much as possible.For electric guitars I try and use old furniture for bodies whenever possible - for acoustic guitars I always use sustainably sourced materials.

I have experimented with locally grown and sawn Boxwood for fingerboards (almost as hard as Ebony) and Laburnum for bindings plus Cherry and Ash for bodies sourced locally.

An Independant newspaper article

Update - 2017 much tougher regulation of certain woods

US government page

Bluegrass magazine article

Wood problems for  Gibson 

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