FSC Certified - Guitar Builders

Guitar manufacturers value wood as a precious resource that must be conserved and replenished. Sourcing their guitar wood from FSC certified vendors ensures sustainability not only for the wood species, but also for the guitar companies themselves. Becoming FSC certified is voluntary, third party, independent verification that the wood used has come from ecologically well managed forests. This management enables the guitar companies to continue getting the wood, help stop forest clear cutting, stop cutting trees that are too young, and continue to make excellent instruments. Some companies that offer FSC certified guitar models are Martin and Gibson.



Established in 1833 by Christian Frederick Martin, Martin manufactures steel string and flat top acoustic guitars. Martin built it's millionth guitar in 2004. Martin makes several several guitars of FSC - Certified Mahogany including the DB Jeff Tweedy and the Martin D Mahogany. Martin also makes a Martin D and a 3 Cherry Ukelele. Prices range from about $2,000 to $3,600.

Martin Tweedy - FSC Certified Martin D Mahogany - FSC Certified Martin D Cherry - FSC Certified Martin 3 Cherry - FSC Certified

Martin - Jeff Tweedy

List: $3,399.00

Martin D Mahogany

List: $3,599.00

Martin D Cherry

List: $2,899,00

Martin 3 Uke Cherry

List: $2,049.00




Founded in 1902 by Orville Gibson, Gibson sells guitars under a variety of names including Epiphone and Kramer. The Gibson brand of guitars is made in the United States. One of Gibson's most recognized guitars is the Gibson Les Paul. Many of music's greatest artists have played Gibsons including B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Keith Richards, and Jimmy Page. In 2012 Gibson reached a settlement with the Department of Justice's criminal investigation over Gibson's involvement of hardwoods imported from Madagascar and India. Gibson agreed to pay a fine and forfeit wood seized by the government in 2009, and in exchange the government dropped all charges.

In the late 90's and 2000's Gibson had the Smartwood line of guitars. They were made with eco friendly wood harvested in managed forests and certified by the Rainforest Alliance. The fretboards were said to be Curupay wood that was harvested in accordance with the FSC-Certification rules. Gibson has sinced discontinued that line, but the guitars can still be found used on ebay.