Fender announces limited run of Rosewood-necked American Professional Strats

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  1. Anacharsis

    Anacharsis Guitar Player

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    Heh.

    Also - I am not an authority, and if I were traveling with a guitar made with rosewood, I might document it anyway, just to be sure, especially if I were going to a country I didn't know reasonably well. Local authorities can mess up.

    Or just bring maple. :)
     
  2. Tsjackson

    Tsjackson Senior Stratmaster

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    If it makes any difference at all I find it to be the exact opposite, I was honestly speechless at how much brighter my guitar sounded when I tried an all rosewood neck on it. I think it’s a very dense, hard, rigid timber. I was expecting what you said
     
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  3. Andrew Wasson

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    Welcome aboard @Billy Rosewood. We’ll look forward to hearing about your new guitar when it arrives. Also pictures... we love gear pics.
     
  4. Sybo

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    I bought a Tele ( Olive Green) , a FSR . Gorgeous guitar, two separate techs here in Nashville could not get it like I wanted it as the neck had a twist from the factory ( I presume). What a bummer. It sounded like a Tele from Heaven, just not a good piece of wood. By the way guys, I DO believe that Rosewood is BRIGHTER than Maple.
    It had to go back to Fender. I am so disappointed in Fenders quality control. The nut on the the guitar was outta Spec also. Damn.......
     
  5. Wound_Up

    Wound_Up CUSTOM USER TITLE Silver Member

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    I agree. The fretboard makes up maybe 5% of the wood in a guitar. No way it makes the difference everyone thinks it does. Especially when it's the thin, 1/8" veneer rosewood. You want to hear a difference so you think you do.

    Just like people with sugar pills and the placebo effect. They want it to make a difference so they're convinced it did when it did nothing but increase their blood sugar level lol.
     
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    Swamp ash isn't a type of ash. They just call lightweight ash swamp ash, basically. They call it that based on where it grows, mainly in the Southern US in very wet areas. Swamp ash is just a nickname for ash grown in these places.

    The following are the only species of ash trees available. None of which are named 'swamp ash'. I suspect it's probably white ash. But that's just a guess.

    Green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)
    White ash (Fraxinus americana)
    Black ash (Fraxinus nigra)
    California ash (Fraxinus dipetala)
    Blue ash (Fraxinus quadrangulata)

    Read more at Gardening Know How: Ash Tree Identification: Which Ash Tree Do I Have https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/ash/ash-tree-varieties.htm
     
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  7. grritz

    grritz Still 17 between the ears Silver Member

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    Uhhhh...no.
     
  8. Wound_Up

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    Uhhh no what?
     
  9. Tomee

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    Interesting... the one ash tree that was growing in a swampy area had the largest trunk. I'm going to cut slabs off it for sure then.

    It just occured to me that the supply of dead ash is probably huge, but none of it can be transported or even sold, legally, to prevent the spread of the beetle.
     
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  10. semka

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    I'm considering buying an all-rosewood neck strat, but I've noticed quite a few complaints here and on other boards and reviews about them developing s-curve, twisting, etc. Is it something inherent to rosewood necks or these are just bad samples? Are rosewood necks prone to changes like that over time?
     
  11. joesatch

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    a solid rosewood neck looks good on paper and looks killer but imo not as good as a maple neck wood. I've had a high end PRS and a Strat with solid rosewood necks they just didnt have that pop and were somewhat dead sounding to me.
     
  12. semka

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    I played it before and I liked the sound, so that aspect doesn't concern me, but the long term viability does.
     
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  13. joesatch

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    i can't speak to the stability of a solid rosewood neck long term that would concern me