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 Post subject: new 4003,s will caribbean rosewood be standard now??
 Post Posted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 2:45 pm 
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i have just taken delivery of one of the new batch of 4003,s shipped last week to rossetti uk . my question if anyone knows the anwser?? are all 4003,s being produced with the new caribbean rosewood fretboard?? the other few basses that were shipped with my new bass were the normal colour, my fretboard is very dark and has fantastic looking grain all the way through the neck.


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 Post subject: Re: new 4003,s will caribbean rosewood be standard now??
 Post Posted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 2:52 pm 
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That's what I've heard, RIC are switching to the Caribbean rosewood for everything. There may be some overlap as the stock of bubinga gets used up...


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 Post Posted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 2:56 pm 
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thats fantastic , i have quite a few rics , and its great to have one with the different fret board, i dont know if it is my imagination , but this bass sounds way brighter than my other basses and the e string in particular has a really thick tone to it, if that makes sense , plus that wood just looks stunning!!!!


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 Post subject: Re: new 4003,s will caribbean rosewood be standard now??
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It doesn't look that different from bubinga to me. There is more than one way to slice it so some of the bubinga boards I've seen are highly figured, and others seem quite plain.

Not saying it's not Caribbean rosewood, just that I don't think the difference is going to be all that drastic in the long run. If it's a more environmental/economical/high-quality way to do fingerboards, good for RIC.

As for tonal effects--you're switching from one rosewood to another, I doubt it will be that pronounced. More likely to find big variance within a type of wood than between the mean value of two similar varieties.


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 Post subject: Re: new 4003,s will caribbean rosewood be standard now??
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Any way you slice it, you got a fine looking axe there!


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 Post subject: Re: new 4003,s will caribbean rosewood be standard now??
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That 4003 has Caribbean rosewood. This wood has been used since last September on the majority of our instruments. At the same time, we have been exhausting our remaining bubinga supplies. The Caribbean rosewood tends to have much more figure in it than bubinga.


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thanks for clearing that up ben. i love my new bass and i think the caribbean rosewood looks far better, i have other 4003,s to compare with. george


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Ben, what's the reason for switching from bubinga to the CR? Environmental, economical...?


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 Post subject: Re: new 4003,s will caribbean rosewood be standard now??
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cassius987 wrote:
Ben, what's the reason for switching from bubinga to the CR? Environmental, economical...?


Actually the 2008 amendment to the Lacy Act as well as the events of August 24 in Nashville and Memphis of last year motivated us to make the switch. The bubinga (African Rosewood) that we used comes from Central African countries with not so stable governments or legal systems so we opted to find a sustainable supply of fretboard wood from less dodgy parts of the globe.

Caribbean Rosewood comes primarily from Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. It has been used for centuries to make fine furniture and native instruments. Although some American luthiers have started to offer Caribbean Rosewood on their guitars, it is still relatively unknown. I suspect that we will see guitarmakers start to use it more and more as it is a great tonewood, beautiful to look at, and most importantly, not endangered.


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Or we could just used roasted maple...


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