“We are guided by the saying, ‘Sustainability is a journey, not a destination.’ There is always more to do”: Guitar brands are working towards sustainable tone – but there’s more to it than just changing tonewoods

Martin acoustic guitar in a forest
(Image credit: Joseph Branston/Future)

Wood is one of the Earth’s most precious natural resources, and over 309 species have been used to build some of the best-sounding – and looking – instruments over centuries of guitar-building. Millions of guitars have been produced during that time – so it’s no surprise that Mother Nature’s natural resources are dwindling while manufacturing carbon footprints rise.

Take Brazilian rosewood. Many builders in the instrument and furniture manufacturing industries relied on this wood because of its dense, warm tone, finish, and beauty.

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Guitar Gabby

Atlanta native Gabriella “Guitar Gabby” Logan is a Strategy Lawyer and proud Spelman College and Vermont Law School graduate. Her passion for perspective fueled her desire to establish TxLips Band, LLC., a global entity that triples as a TxLips Academy, TxLips Consulting Group, and an international female and gender-expansive rock collective. Logan believes it is vital for people to be well-rounded and strategic in creating careers based on passion and built off longevity. She is a contributing writer for Guitar World magazine, Governor of the Recording Academy Atlanta Chapter, and a Board Member of the Vermont Law School Alumni Association Board of Directors.