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Your next luxury guitar may not be made of treasured mahogany from the forests in Guatemala, nor from the long-revered rosewood of India — but from the lumber of a tree off the side of a Los Angeles highway.
Taylor Guitars, one of the most well-known acoustic guitar manufacturers in the world, is beginning to integrate urban wood — sourced from trees found in cities rather than from industrial suppliers or faraway overseas locales — into its guitar manufacturing. The company has been developing the new process for months, due to tightening global regulations around the use of exotic woods and a desire to be more sustainable with its production process. While urban wood is often considered less attractive by manufacturers, Taylor is taking the opposite approach: It’s building high-end, $3,000 guitars with the material.