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  • What do you like/dislike about swamp ash?

    I'm tired of alder, and am not a fan of basswood. I'm looking at swamp ash, but have never played a guitar with it. I hear its midscooped? Throw me your opinons.

  • #2
    I don't like the rash that it usually comes with.

    But seriously in my experience it's a guitar to guitar thing. I've had a few swamp ash guitars that I liked, but it wasn't an amazing thing IMHO. But then again I'm a mahogany guy myself and I kind of have a thing for basswood guitars.
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    • #3
      On the positive side, the wood grain pattern is beautiful. On the negative side, some swampash bodies are much heavier than your typical alder body.
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      • #4
        The dislikes, The wood varies alot. the grades go from crap to excelent so you really need to shop them to find a good one.

        On the likes, you can get a good body and get some great tones. if you go with a natureal finish you're usually insured to get a better grade of wood, vs a painted body which hides the bad cuts of wood.

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        • #5
          I really like the light weight and sound of swamp ash bodies. My strat body from warmoth weighs about 3 and a half pounds, finished. I can't think of a negative of swamp ash.

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          • #6
            How about mahogany? God I love mahogany
            What is this sorcery?

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            • #7
              my Jeff loomis Signature model is heavy almost too heavy

              I would guess 11 pounds. But it sounds massive so it is worth it.

              you can feel the weight, so decide if that is a concern to you
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              • #8
                I'm tired of alder, and am not a fan of basswood. I'm looking at swamp ash, but have never played a guitar with it. I hear its midscooped? Throw me your opinons.


                I had an ash strat but just could not get the tone I wanted do to the lack of mids. It was very chimey and clear. A nice tone for some things however. I tried a lot of things with EQ and other settings.

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                • #9
                  The dislikes, The wood varies alot. the grades go from crap to excelent so you really need to shop them to find a good one.

                  On the likes, you can get a good body and get some great tones. if you go with a natureal finish you're usually insured to get a better grade of wood, vs a painted body which hides the bad cuts of wood.


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                  • #10
                    I built a swamp ash body strat recently. It's fine but no better than alder for sound. In this case it is lighter. It may actually give more of a thinline or chambered sound that heavier woods.

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                    • #11
                      i know you guys are sick of seeing my guitar, but this is on topic

                      check the grain behind the bridge

                      swamp ash'd
                      whoa, maaaaaan.

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                      • #12
                        Ive read that of all the tonewoods swamp ash varies the most form piece to piece. It seems like all the guitars Ive had made of Swamp ash have been too bright and punchy for my taste. Ive much prefered the tones ive gotten out of my alder, and even basswood Fender-style guitars. Theres a lot of variables involved however: amps, pickups, etc, so don't take that as gospel. I know alot of the early Fender Teles were made of Ash and they sound sublime.
                        Originally Posted by guitarmandp


                        But I really don't give ****************, I have money to make and I'm wasting my time playing on a message board.

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                        • #13
                          It seems like some folks are confusing Ash or Hard Ash as it is sometimes called, with Swamp Ash. Ash is on the heavy side and from my understanding, veers toward the trebly side. Swamp Ash on the other hand is that portion of the tree that has been under water and tends to be a very light tonewood that adds snap and more midrange. I have three guitars with Swamp ash bodies and can say nothing but solid praise for the tones they generate. It is a very resonant wood with lots of body and overtones. The absolute perfect wood for a Tele IMO. The only possible problem is the lack of weight - I have to wear a suede leather strap for my Washburn USA Laredo (Tele) to avoid neck dive.
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                          • #14
                            i know you guys are sick of seeing my guitar, but this is on topic

                            check the grain behind the bridge

                            swamp ash'd


                            That thing is absolutely stunning by the way.
                            My 9/11 Tribute Song: https://vimeo.com/49284582

                            The 9/11 Wall of Shame (caught stepping in it):
                            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3s4_dkKn8Y
                            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6Xoxaf1Al0
                            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jPzAakHPpk
                            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4n7uJ...feature=relmfu
                            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QU961SGps8g

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                            • #15
                              I don't like the rash that it usually comes with.

                              But seriously in my experience it's a guitar to guitar thing. I've had a few swamp ash guitars that I liked, but it wasn't an amazing thing IMHO. But then again I'm a mahogany guy myself and I kind of have a thing for basswood guitars.
                              Yea, mahogany is my fav.

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