From compact Baby Taylors up through the 900 and Presentation series, every Taylor guitar uses ebony for its fretboard. Sturdy, musical, and exquisitely beautiful, ebony is an ideal wood for fretboard construction. As is the case with many tonewoods, however, the world’s supply of ebony is dwindling. The forests of Madagascar have been closed to harvesters since 2009, which leaves the West African nation of Cameroon as the final place guitar builders can legally obtain high-grade ebony.
Bob Taylor delivered a heartfelt message on the state of ebony and how the decisions made around its harvesting will impact the guitar industry, communities based around its production, and the world. Watch his video, and learn more about this precious wood and what Taylor is doing to ensure sustainability in their production.