An Instrument Maker Is Building Guitars Out of Highway Trees

Read the full story from Rolling Stone.

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.

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