My dad has a piece of hand-cut/carved cherry (2" thick x 10' long). It's w-e-l-l over 100 years old (It came out of a Satanic Church!! Can you say Anton LeVey??j/k!!) So,at least it would be great for "dark-side,doom'n'gloom-type" metal.... I'm joking!!! Sheesh!! BUT.....It's a very beautiful,nice,tight-grained,highly-figured,3-D looking,(v-e-r-y,v-e-r-y dry/cured) piece of wood.....Nice'n'tight.... (Like ALL,er......Uh,never mind.) So.....How hard is cherry to work with?? I don't know s*** about the majority of woods (as far as workin' with'em). But,I can I.D. 98% of most tone-woods at a glance. What can I say? I'm a Bass-Porn addict.... One more question: Can I saw the basic body shape with a jig-saw??? If not,what would it take??? Any places that I can ship it to (for shaping)?? I plan on using it for the top,with Swamp Ash for the back/main part of the body....Maybe. It all depends on the tonal characteristics of cherry combined with the ash. If it has the qualities of Ash,I'll go with the cherry. That is,if a top-piece of wood makes a significant difference. Opinions and facts are nothing but welcome!!!!