by itself, i don't believe mahogany gives the same acoustical response that ash does. But seriously, out of all the 3, probably Swamp ash. The demonstrator says it is sound of the body itself. Swamp ash vs basswood vs mahogany for metal? Swamp Ash is a prized wood for many reasons. hard ash, maple, walnut, etc are far harder, and of course most rosewoods and ebonies are on another level entirely. Mahogany is more complex..usually requires a set mahogany /Ebony neck and more careful pickup selection. Mahogany set neck Superstart with Ebony neck is a great classic /Metal axe. Bright and sweet at the same time with excellent grain patterns, all transparent finishes look great on Swamp Ash. Thats simplistic, but you get the idea. The upper mids of the P-90 compliment the upper mids of that alder or ash body, yet fill it out with a healthy dose of lower mids (when on a Les Paul or SG its exactly the other way around!). Mahogany is a medium-hard wood and is used in some bass guitar bodies. Mahogany's a bit too round for me as said before, and swamp ash is too scooped. Discussion in 'Standard Guitars' started by vejichan, Feb 9, 2019. Softer woods have a mellower, warmer tone. Swamp ash just wants to vibrate. It is a fairly light weight wood which makes it easily distinguishable from Hard Ash. The Janka Wood Hardness Test. kind of interesting.. i have two roscoe 6 strings now. Swamp ash was used on Fender guitars until the mid-50s when alder was chosen as its successor. A Strat® body will normally weigh under 5 lbs. Swamp Ash. That said, although I am solidly in the swamp ash camp, my latest jazzyfirecaster thang is Alder because the body maker didnt have any swamp ash and refused to let me send him some. Alder vs Swamp Ash vs Mahogany - Telecaster Guitar Body Wood Tone Test I've always been curious as to the difference in tone between ash, alder & mahogany bodies on a Telecaster, but I've never heard a proper test before that keeps everything exactly the same apart from the body wood - until now! ... Koa’s tonal quality is similar to mahogany, but koa has a unique tonality to it that can be difficult to describe, but is definitely centered around the top end. Although swamp ash is harder to come by than alder (and therefore more expensive), it is still possible to buy a new ash-bodied Fender. Basswood gets a bad rap, but I love how midrangey it is. One-piece Maple neck is a natural for Ash… I could be wrong. Swamp ash is the preferred wood of guitarists such as Jeff Loomis, and is extremely commonplace in metal guitars, especially extended range. my feeling is that swamp ash is acoutstically snappy with good balance over the whole spectrum, whereas mahogany is an all around wood which complements its laminates well (maple, walnut, etc). As you might expect, hard ash tonewood is relatively hard, dense and heavy compared to swamp ash. Basswood is a wood that’s being used predominantly on ‘metal’ guitars. its softer than alot of pine. Softer woods include Alder, Swamp Ash and Basswood. I thought the mahogany body was recorded ever so slightly louder than the others - 1/2 - 1dB. Swamp Ash – Popular in the 50's for electric guitars, this wood is alive and lightweight. The P-90 also seems to soften up the tightness of the lows of alder and ash, but gives the lows of mahogany a slightly chewy character. I'm gonna go with Alder body. swamp ash is a little harder, alder is little softer. anyhow, mahogany in general IS a softer hardwood. The grain is open and the color is creamy. These woods are commonly used for bass guitar bodies as they have very resonant qualities. Many of the 50's Fenders were made of Swamp Ash.
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