From gwatt–(at)–v.hp.com Wed Apr 9 12:46:54 CDT 1997
Article: 136184 of rec.music.makers.guitar
From: gwatt–(at)–v.hp.com (Gary Watts)
Subject: Re: Difference between Swamp Ash, Alder, Mahogany, Basswood
Date: 9 Apr 1997 17:43:28 GMT
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zmc (zm–(at)–etcom.ca) wrote:
: SWAMP ASH: Bright tone, usually very light weight. Used in the original
Strats in the early 50’s. Easy to work.
: ALDER: a good balance between bass and treble. Good attack. light to medium weight. Fairly bland grain but easy to finish as grain structure is fairly
: MAHOGANY: Tonally darker. Medium to heavy in weight. Open pores require filler for most finishes. Fairly easy to work, hardness wise.
: BASSWOOD: Fairly soft *hardwood*. Dents easily. Lighter in weight. More
round bass response, reduced mids. Tom Anderson’s favorite with a maple cap
to bring back some of the attack.
: Please add more if I missed any major ones… Thanks!
Northern Ash or Hard Ash: very bright wood, fairly heavy. Real pretty grain.
Open pores require grain filler. Used by Fender in may 70’s era Tele’s, Strats