Copafera For International ModelsRecently, Taylor guitars has announced that for some of their 200 Deluxe series International guitars they will be substituting Rosewood with African Copafera wood. This come of the back of stricter regulation by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) on the international import and export of Rosewood. Taylor's hope is that this will enable their customers worldwide to enjoy their fantastic guitars and also allow simpler international sales of their guitars between musicians and retailers. This should be simpler with the Taylor Copafera Guitars. The new CITES regulations took effect on January 2nd, 2017 and effects the import and export of woods under the genus Dalbergia which includes East Indian Rosewood, Honduran Rosewood, and Cocobolo. This has restricted Taylor's ability to ship their guitars made with these wood to their customers internationally, as well as for those guitar owners to sell those guitars or travel with them internationally. Taylor, on their website, had this to say on the situation, "Given the additional time, cost and logistics associated with procuring permits to ship layered rosewood 200 Deluxe Series guitars internationally, the layered copafera guitars allow Taylor to continue to serve the market demand for 200 Deluxe models with a Taylor product that offers similar musical and aesthetic appeal."
Taylor will be sourcing their Copafera from the same company that they source their Koa, Walnut, and Maple. Copafera (Copaifera salikounda) Is similarly dark grained and aesthetically has a similar quality to East Indian Rosewood. Tonally it nearly identical, quite simply one of the closest none Rosewood substitutes you will find on the market.