What is swamp ash?

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  1. titansfan4196

    titansfan4196 New Member

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    What is swamp ash, and how does it sound compared to other woods? How would it sound with a maple neck?
     
  2. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    As to what it is, the internet is your friend:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraxinus_pennsylvanica

    As to how it sounds, it’s the wood lots of (and most especially) early Telecasters and Strats were made from.

    So with a maple neck, there’s your tone direction, though PRS guitars won’t sound like Strats and Teles because of the many differences, they lean a bit that way.

    I’ve had a couple of Swamp Ash Specials with that wood combination, both with maple and roswewood fretboards. They’re really good guitars.
     
  3. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    Swamp ash makes for a really nice guitar. I agree with Les that it can get close to the strat space, especially with 3 pickups.
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  4. xjbebop

    xjbebop Yippy ki yay!

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    it's the best tone wood ever.... ;)
     
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  5. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Yay “tone-wood” hand grenade alert!!:D
     
  6. elvis

    elvis Hamfisted String Banger

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    It was the cheapest wood Leo Fender could find to build guitars out of. Luckily, it tends to hold up well and give a bright, snappy tone, vs. the more mid-focused mahogany.

    I love it, have had lots of ash guitars. I pair it with maple necks and fretboards to get punchy, edgy tone and dynamics.
     
  7. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    How would it sound with a maple neck? One word; GLORIOUS!!!!!
     
  8. Casi1

    Casi1 New Member

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    It sounds really good but if you want specifics, it depends on what body/neck woods you are comparing the sound to (ie maple neck with mahogany, alder, korina, koa, etc). It can sound brighter than one and boomier than another. Personally, swamp ash body with maple neck is one of my favorite combinations. You can find some really nice comparison vids on youtube to give you a better idea.
     

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