Hi everyone! I'm going to make my first own guitar (a Stratocaster) very soon but I'm not sure what kind of woods I should use. I'd like to use maple (quilted or flamed) for the neck and rosewood or always maple for fretboard. However for the neck I've almost decided the types of woods and I don't have problems. My great doubts are for the body. I like Ash sound but here in Italy we don't have Swamp Ash. Our Ash is tough and similar to northern AmericanAash. Is there really a great difference between the two types of Ash?? Alternative I could use Alder but I don't know if the type that is found in Italy is the same to that is used in America. Anyone know that? Then in your opinion is there a great difference from Ash? And what do you think of maple bodies? Thank you everybody to help me in this important decision.