1 Wade H 2 weeks ago I read that FMIC is going to use Pau Ferro for all fretboards on their guitars being made in Mexico. Though this isn't effecting the Gretsch line yet, I imagine it will in the foreseeable future. I happen to like Pau Ferro guitars and fretboards, it had been an "upgrade" exotic wood before CITES changed the classification of rosewood to "Appendix II – This appendix contains species that are at risk in the wild, but not necessarily threatened with extinction. Species in this appendix are closely regulated, but are typically not as restricted as Appendix I". Marketing is a fickle availability driven abstract, now instead of being an upgrade, it's going to be a standard fretboard material on Mexican made Fender guitars. It's apparently becoming ridiculosely restrictive (for obvious reasons) to sell guitars, made with any amount of rosewood, across international borders. I am curious about this community's opinion of Pau Ferro fretboards (and bridge bases), and if anyone thinks it would affect the performance of Gretsch guitars.