Why? Money first, CITES second. The trouble w/ Fender's pau ferro boards is that Fender does a super-crap job prepping them. They are left rough and unappealing. Pau ferro can make a really good fretboard, but too many companies using it are also shortchanging on labor and finish work so you get guitars w/ pau ferro fretboards that are a drag because they're poorly done, not because the wood is terrible. Gibson was doing a terrible job with EIR as well, though the new regime is improving its fretboard prep. It's really too bad when use of more sustainable woods looks like a mistake because the manufacturer also cuts back on skilled prep. The pau ferro boards I saw on fenders in my local GC were so bad that they actually caught my attention for how ugly and rough they looked!