alternative back and sides
There are many alternative materials available for a Park Guitar in a remarkable range of colours, densities and figures. These materials may be assembled to give a guitar a particular distinct look or as a secondary way to enhance the tone of the instrument. Please scroll through the gallery below to see some of these options that have been used on previous builds:
More than 250 species in the Dalbergia family were given Appendix II certification by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) effective January 2, 2017 and do not appear in the links above. The effect of this certification is to ensure the import and export of these woods are tightly controlled in an effort to curtail illegal harvesting. This does not mean that these materials are not available to build with but rather that an import permit will be required by the Canadian government (to import raw materials) and an export permit will also have to be generated to provide to the appropriate department governing protected species in the destination country. The system for generating these permits is still in its infancy so delays are being encountered as both luthiers and civil servants try to navigate this new and fluid process. It is also anticipated that there will be additional fees applicable to clear CITES through Customs in the destination country. What does this mean for someone considering the purchase of guitar with materials from the Dalbergia family? In its present form, the two anticipated outcomes are delays and extra fees. It is expected that as all parties adjust to the new systems the processing time will become routine and more streamlined. If you are ordering a Park guitar to be built, the production time of the guitar should easily allow for the the export permit to be generated. If you are interested in purchasing an existing Park Guitar in rosewood, permits have been applied for and it is hoped that they will be provided by Environment Canada in a timely fashion. To avoid this process altogether, consider some of the materials that are not in the Dalbergia family, maybe a domestic, sustainable option!