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No more Swamp Ash on Strats??? Really?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Skydog1010, Mar 1, 2021.

  1. Skydog1010

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    Bummer, hoping that's fake news.
    Just saw on a news feed.
     
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    I think Fender is, but you can get Swamp Ash bodies elsewhere.
     
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    They announced this last year.
     
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    Alder works fine as a replacement. Tested over decades.

    Some players are even using Paulownia to cut guitar weight.

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    I have to say that I've used Paulownia on two Strat builds thus far; one with a maple board and quilt maple body veneer, and the other a plain body with a bridge humbucker and a rosewood board, and I really do love the stuff. The type of wood produced two of the most toneful and acoustically alive electrics I've ever built or owned. After doing the first, I needed to do the second just to make sure I wasn't nuts. Plugged in, they're really something else. I may be biased though, because I'm a surfer, and it's a traditional surfboard wood, so that makes it even cooler to me. They do feel comically light, however. The maple one is 4 pounds and a little change, with the other just a shade over 5. They're so light, they almost feel like toys, but after playing boat anchors my entire career, and almost since I started playing period, they're certainly a nice change for my shoulder. Now, a viable replacement for swamp ash? I don't know. But then again, I've never exactly played a swamp ash Strat that I really felt compelled to add in with my other Stratocasters, so I never did. Not that any of them were bad, they just didn't fill any niche that the others didn't already cover. So the jury is certainly out on that one, however.
     
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    There’s supposedly a shortage. I don’t really care enough to to research if it’s true. I don’t mind alder.
     
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    They were wasting swamp ash on strats?
     
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    Yep, big shortage. Our little friend, the Emerald Ash Borer beatle is decimating the North American ash supply, much as how the blight killed off American Chestnut in droves 70-75 years ago. All attempts thus far to stop it, or even slow its spread have failed.
     
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    According to Fender, it's not that, but the increased flooding of southern swamp lands that's the main problem for them
     
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    Turned into a tonewood thread.............................shocker.

    Hummmmmmmmmmmmm electric geetars these are ?? You would think conversations would be more about the color of the wires in side, black wires, dark tone, yellow wires brighter tone.

    :lol:
     
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    So it would seem. I have a 2011 CS Deluxe. Ash body, according to the product description in the CS "Vault". It even states "light weight ash". Seems to me, the last time I weighed it, it came in close to 9 pounds!!! Plays beautifully though.
     
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