Very straight and tight grained ash body

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  1. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Friend of Leo's

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    I have an AV '58 Tele that has such a wonderful piece of wood for the body. Each grain is very narrow/tight/closed, and the grains are closely spaced – far more so than any other ash body I've seen. They are also very straight all the way along the body. IME, ash has very open grains, the grain lines have more distance between each "big" line, and the lines tend to waver a bit. The guitar is quite lightweight too, and sounds incredible to me.

    I am not complaining by any means. It's my favorite ash body I've ever seen. I'm just wondering what might cause this, in the technical sense. Is it young, old, from a certain region, from a certain part of the tree, sawn at a certain angle, etc.?

    Thanks.

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  2. jimbo735

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    Im just guessing but isnt older growth alittle tighter grain.Others will verify.
    Thats very nice.
     
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    Exactly what I look for in a peice of wood, often considered 'plain looking'.
    Curly waves are most likely resonance eaters.
     
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    My 2016 PV52 looks exactly like this and is 1 piece, imo best looking "style" of grain. :)
     
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    Only complaint is that the BSB is sprayed a bit thicker than I'd like(would prefer to see the grain a bit clearer). But I shouldn't complain with 1 piece, good looking grain, and 6.8lbs! Cheers.
     
  6. EsquireOK

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    This one, even with its clear finish, looks one piece until you really look. There is a joint right through the D string ferrule, though it is very, very hard to define; I can't even follow it along its entire length without losing it. I would imagine that it would be completely invisible with a thicker variant of BSB over it.

    I haven't weighed mine yet...but I would not be surprised if is was under 7 lb. It doesn't feel a whole lot heavier than my 6-1/2 lb. Esquire. Very, very nice guitars, those AVs.
     
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    I have spent more time than I'm willing to admit trying to find a seam. I am 100% sure it is a 1 piece.
     
  8. EsquireOK

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    OK. Understood that you are 100 percent sure of it.
     
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    Got the same on my CS Postmodern. It’s what really sold me on the guitar. I’ve played a few others like this, and they were all great guitars. Not just good, but memorable. My Postmodern also has a very straight quarter-sawn neck. I,personally, think these things matter. Mine rings like a bell, both plugged in and not.
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    My AVRI 54 Strat has that kind of grain. The finish is super thin and sunk in too. Hard to see but the neck has beautiful concentric grain lines. It looks like a topo map.

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  11. TelePlank

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    Here’s a shot of my old American Standard Strat (sold). This thing had a very tight Ash grain. The photos are from a few years back so forgive the quality.

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    I love that red burst, I remember ever seeing a Strat like that.
     
  13. EsquireOK

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    Nice! I have an AV '54 Strat as well. I guess there are "only" 1,952 others like us!

    Mine doesn't have the grain like the '58 AV Tele I posted, though (nor is it as light in weight).

    All my ash AVs, and my CS Esquire, have the slightly sunken grain lines too. The AV finishes were incredible. Really a loss that they were discontinued.

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    It was called Sienna Sunburst. This way you have it for future reference if you’re ever looking for a guitar in that burst.
     
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    Japanese sen/ash has some tight grain too

    heres a 1980 Greco with it

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