Dear Fodera friends and customers,

You are most likely familiar with CITES, and their relation to the instrument manufacturing world. If you are not, CITES is an international agreement that regulates the international trade of endangered and threatened animals and plants. Specifically in consideration to Fodera bass guitars and guitars, CITES has regulated the trade of Brazilian rosewood, Amazon rosewood, and Madagascar kingwood for many years. As of January 2017, CITES has expanded its list of regulated rosewoods to include Indian rosewood as well, something which has caused a lot of issues in the guitar and bass industry, as well as other industries that deal in exotic woods.

Because CITES now encompasses Indian rosewood, we can no longer offer it as a no-charge fingerboard option. Here is what you need to know:

  • Beginning May 1st, 2018, Indian Rosewood will be a $150 option on any new instrument orders for both Custom and Standard guitars.
  • Pau ferro will now be the default option for our Standard Classic basses and guitars as well as our Monarch P. It will continue to be a no-charge fingerboard option on Custom bass guitars.
  • This will NOT effect any pricing for instruments already ordered, or ordered BEFORE May 1st, 2018.

Since our new pricing for Indian rosewood goes into effect on May 1st, April is the last chance to order instruments with rosewood fingerboards before the pricing changes. Additionally, our dealers are currently taking orders for Standard instruments which will be shipping roughly between July and October, 2018.

To learn more about CITES visit our Compliance page at

For a full look at what Standard models are being offered, click here:

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at

From all of the Fodera team, thank you so much for your continued support!