Due to tightening CITES restrictions and also lack of availability of instrument grade, jet black ebony, we have decided to make the switch to Richlite (much like many other industry giants like Martin and Gibson) which is an excellent sustainable alternative to Ebony. Please see the information below from their website about the benefits of Richlite:
RICHLITE is an incredibly durable, extremely versatile, and highly sustainable material made from resin-infused paper. Originally developed over 70 years ago for industrial tooling and pattern making, Richlite has expanded into a premium surface material used in the aerospace, marine, action sports, culinary, architecture, and design industries, and in machine shops and automotive manufacturing. Handmade from many layers of high quality custom craft paper, Richlite’s surface texture comes from the natural variation in the way fibers lay within the paper. Composed of approximately 65% FSC®-certified or recycled paper content and 35% phenolic resin, Richlite’s color comes from a combination of the paper and the amber tone of the resin.
Many musical instrument companies, including Gibson and Martin, have been offering Richlite as an excellent, sustainable alternative to black Ebony.
Acoustically superior with consistent density.
Moisture acclimated and inherently stable.
Durable while maintaining a smooth ebony look and feel.
Impact resistance superior to wood products.