Rosewood Fingerboards from Fender, Squire???

Discussion in 'Squier Stratocasters' started by Squier-Talk, May 19, 2017.

  1. Squier-Talk

    Squier-Talk Administrator Staff Member

    Aug 1, 2008
    Hill Country, TX
    Admin Post
    So, I've been reading posts picked up from Music Radar and Anderton's across the pond from here and their declaration that Fender isn't using Rosewood any longer. So, I reached out to FMIC for the straight dope.

    Music Radar and Anderton's have stated that MIM Fenders will be Pau Ferro and US models will go to Ebony wood. Turns out this is partially true and partially not so much.

    Here's the word from the Fender CEO himself:

    Fender is committed to the continued use of Rosewood in American-made solid body guitars, such as our American Professional Series. After actively exploring alternate wood options to Rosewood for selective use on a few US models, we will be transitioning most of our Mexico made product away from rosewood to pau ferro, a fantastic alternate we currently use on the SRV signature strat. The American Elite series is transitioning to ebony fretboards with dealers and our inventories. Rosewood is still used on many series of instruments, as it is a historically accurate tone wood. The changeover will be somewhat fluid in the market, there is no set date at this time.

    We are still currently evaluating options for Squier and the acoustics category

    FMIC’s specialty brands, Gretsch, Jackson, Charvel and EVH will continue to use Rosewood in both solid body and acoustic models, from all source countries.

    Fender is committed as a brand to comply with all CITES regulations and to ensure we are continuing to deliver the best quality and accessible products to our customers and dealers.

    - Andy Mooney, CEO Fender
  2. fuelish

    fuelish Squier-Meister

    I don't really care one way or the long as the fingerboard is smooth and level and the guitar is a player, it's good to go....although I do like rosewood, love maple, and love ebony :)
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  3. That seems to be pretty close to what I'd heard after first hearing "No Rosewood". This sets the record straight. Thanks for posting this piece.

    Cheers, Barrie
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  4. Davis Sharp

    Davis Sharp Squier-holic

    Jan 7, 2016
    Maryland, USA
    Thanks for getting the info straight from the source.
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  5. Hoss

    Hoss Squier-holic

    Dec 20, 2009
    McGill, Nevada
    Great info! Thanks!
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  6. Papa Joe

    Papa Joe Squier-Axpert

    Dec 12, 2009
    Swanton Ohio
    That info is greatly appreciated...Thank you...
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  7. Steelcityowl

    Steelcityowl Squier-Meister

    Mar 6, 2016
    Sheffield UK

    I feel it's inevitable that as time goes on we will see less and less rosewood.
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  8. Caddy

    Caddy Dr. Squier

    Nov 29, 2010
    Won't long before rosewood will be a thong of the past on guitars. Worse for many other brands than for Fender. With them it would really only effect Jags, Jazzmasters and some basses that traditionally used rosewood. Very little effect on their biggest sellers, Strats and Teles.

    Far more effect on companies like Gibson. PRS, Martin, Taylor, etc.
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  9. Yup ... most likely so.

    Cheers, Barrie.
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  10. Hard Road

    Hard Road Squier-Meister

    Apr 18, 2017
    Orange County
    Good info thanks. I would bet the other woods will play and feel just fine. Should be less expensive but I am sure they will call the woods exotic and charge more for it :p
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  11. Rollmeaway

    Rollmeaway Squier-Nut

    Feb 7, 2016
    Fayetteville, NC
    Well, I understand Gibson and Martin are making good use of that Masonite type stuff for their finger boards. Quite a few folks seem to have no problem with them on the Gibson board. Then again some do. It's a new thing and there's all sorts of misinformation about it. I don't think I'm gonna live long enough to see this stuff in mandatory use. I do prefer rosewood. It has nothing to do with any tone wood debates. I just like the way it looks.
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  12. I think that's what it boils down to in many cases ... personal preference
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