I want to express my deepest gratitude to the team at LMII.  When I started making guitars 26 years ago, my first guitar was made from wood that I ordered from the LMI catalog (there was no internet back then). Since then, the team at LMI has been nothing short of excellent!  The products and services are second to none.  My only regret is that I waited 26 years to say...THANK YOU!

Tony Vines

February 2018 Front Page

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Rocklite® Sundari

Unbelievably realistic faux Indian Rosewood

Made from sustainable hardwood, this product is stable,
beautiful, and exportable. Every piece is unique. 

You be the judge.

Available in fingerboards, binding, and headplates! Sundari HP compare 3

 Watch this video of Robbie O'Brien working with Sundari. You'll be amazed!

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LMI February BLOG
Man-made Alternative Fingerboards
by Chris Herrod
LMI Sales Manager

We have experimented with carrying “wood substitutes” in the past but never had much success. Clearly, times have changed as these two great products are selling briskly, and finding their way into a wide variety of guitar maker’s shops.

There are two main reasons for their popularity. The first is that both product lines are immune to the import and export hassles falling on some other woods, most notably, Rosewood. Secondly, the dark, even color is not readily found in true wood fingerboards. Finally, it should be noted that both products can strengthen the overall stability of the neck as they are less susceptible to changes in humidity compared to regular wood fingerboards.

Richlite Richlite has been in steady use by a number of manufacturers. It’s a phenolic based material with exceptional hardness. It can be a little rough on edge tools but is generally considered very machinable. It polishes out to a very slick, smooth surface and holds frets well. It can be glued with regular wood glue, but you will need to scuff the surface prior to gluing.  It’s made in the US, the product we sell is environmentally certified, and it is 100% consistent and will not shrink over time. We offer it for fingerboard blanks but have found it is also great for use as a jig making material! We have it available in black and brown colors.

Rocklite Rocklite, which is made in the U.K., is newer to market. It is a little lighter in weight than true Ebony but has the very convincing feel of real wood (where Richlite can be a little synthetic feeling). There is visual evidence of something like ‘grain’ as it is made from real wood fiber. It too can be glued with wood glue, is environmentally certified, 100% consistent and will not shrink over time.

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Discounted 2nd-grade mahogany solid bodies 
The small defects are aesthetic only and won't affect the sound!

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Just in!

Schaller GrandTune Mandolin Tuners in 9 varieties - A & F-Style


LMI is now carrying Strat-style laminated pickguards!


We just got a new stock of nice Alder solid body blanks!


ROCKLITE® Engineered Composite


New Granadillo sets
Tone and Beauty!
They won't last long, so don't delay.

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Richlite Fingerboards and
Bridge Blanks

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Check out our new Chechen
back and side sets. 


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   Select Rosewood parts in Canada with no extra cost.  


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