Our swamp ash (fraxinus americana) guitar bodies have been kiln dried and are ready to use. Each body is made of two pieces, perfectly matched and joined together with Titebond glue. Both faces of the body are sanded and a stamp indicates which is the top and which is the back.
This swamp ash comes from swamps in the South of the United States. While the tree grows, large parts are submerged underwater for years, resulting in a porous lightweight wood. It has an open pore structure with hard grain lines between softer layers. The grain is open and is creamy light tan in color with bold, darker grain patterns. It is a fairly light weight wood and our most important criteria when selecting the raw material.
It is a very musical wood offering a very nice balance of brightness and warmth with a lot of dynamic range. It has clear, bell-like highs, slightly scooped but very complex mids, and strong tight lows. The mid frequencies vary quite a lot from piece to piece, which will vary the sound per guitar more than most woods. It has a very quick attack when striking the strings and is very dynamic.
This species is highly thought of for electric guitars and basses, and many of the Fender guitars from the 1950's were made of Swamp Ash