What do you prefer for your Strats body, Alder or Ash?

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  1. guitarchaeologist

    guitarchaeologist Papa Americano Silver Member

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    This topic pops up pretty regularly. A quick search will yield a lot of (often funny) reading material.
     
  2. train

    train Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    Swamp ash , I love em all even the heavy ones but if I was going to build it would be swamp ash.
     
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    circles Resident Pinball Enthusiast

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    I wouldn't know one wood from the other. I don't have that much 'sperience.
     
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    himijendrix Senior Stratmaster

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    I’ve had both, can’t tell the difference.
     
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    I like mine made of wood.
     
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    Cerb Anti conformist reformist

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    I definitely prefer some type of wood. Which kind doesn't matter much, the only purpose of the body is to be a platform for mounting all the other stuff, and to have a cool color.
     
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    Dreamdancer Senior Stratmaster

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    Epoxy mixed with glitter dust.Gives that much needed..sparkle..to the tone.
     
  9. Mr. Lumbergh

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    If it has a solid finish, it doesn't matter. If it's a transparent finish, I like the grain of ash more.
     
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    AcrylicSuperman Strat-O-Master

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    Basswood.
     
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  11. CigBurn

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    Alder, Ash, Basswood.. don't care and the finish depends on the beauty of the particular piece of wood.

    Cep't pawlonia/empress. Only body I've tried of that was truly awful. Could have just been that piece though.
     
  12. BigDan

    BigDan Strat-Talker

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    I have some of each. I think Ash is nicer and prettier but lets define Ash.
    The Ash used on my 55.is different than the Ash used on my 11.
    Light Ash (Louisville slugger Ash) used on a 55 Stratocaster vs the Swamp Ash used on todays guitars and my 11 Deluxe Ash.
    The Alder is the same.
    I prefer Ash for Maple neck. I prefer Alder for Rosewood.
    This applies only to sunburst paint jobs. Ash is much heavier and tends to warp over time. Thats why the one piece body went out unless you order a custom or period correct .
    I have a 90 sunburst that is neither. It is poplar with a laminated alder and looks like a one piece but not. It is still a fantastic Stratocaster and has the best flamed neck I have ever seen and a slab board to boot.
     
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  13. Mr Dunlop

    Mr Dunlop Senior Stratmaster

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    Whatever.
    Doesn't matter much to me.
     
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    Hudman_1 Strat-O-Master

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    I’ve own both over the years. I like the grain on ash for translucent finishes. Ash can be heavy. I prefer a lighter body. I can’t hear any tonal difference between alder and ash. Im glad I can’t.
     
  15. Red Bread

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    Ok ill be that guy
    Ive owned way way to many guitars
    In my young days i didnt care what wood was what,because there was so much gain on you couldn’t tell if it was a bass let alone a guitar
    But in my older years,,,,you know it hurts to fall outa bed years,,,my playing has changed my style has changed my sound,technique and paitents has changed,for the better in my opinon and i hear a difference
    More from the mahogany of my Gibson to the Adler and Ash of my Fenders but recently i picked up a Ash body Strat
    I had a nice Ash Teley while back that rivaled my Les Paul in weight but never had an Ash strat,,,,every other kind of strat but this is first Ash body one
    I got say between the Ash body and maple board with vintage noiseless pick ups its gota be the sharpest sounding Fender ive ever owned as in ice pick
    Dont get me wrong its a matter of proper set up and amp refinements and she ll come in nicely but its the squeakiest Fender ive ever played in 30yrs snd the rosewood boarded Adler body Strat next to it in the rack just compounds my findings

    my point,,theres a difference in wood to me,,,,,just sayn
     
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    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

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    Wood only matters to Marketing and for reselling the guitar.
    Because Marketing has convinced so many they need a certain type of wood to get tone.

    Tone is in the fingers, the pickups, and the pots 'n caps.

    Agathis/Paulownia/Princess Wood are all fine, they grow large enough to make guitar bodies in twenty years. The wood is light weight at a time where half the players complain about too-heavy guitars in forums.

    Ash has heavy insect predation pressure on it now, so avoid that unless culled from killed trees.

    All the exotic woods ripped out of the rain forests are an environmental disaster. The guitar industry is approaching three million new guitars produced every year -- that's a big dent in those fragile forests. When a tree takes five hundred years to get to guitar size with straight grain and no knots. Guitar factories won't fix the problem, only guitar buyers can -- even if you can hear a difference in woods, can you play just a little bit better to compensate?


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    THIS.
     
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    I have guitars made from both.
    I like ash better, because of looks, and because it sounds like unicorns and rainbows.
     
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