Is this ash or alder?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Nicolay3535, Nov 4, 2011.


  1. Nicolay3535

    Nicolay3535 Supporting Member

    Sep 16, 2010
    South Florida
    Alder or ash?

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  2. whodom

    whodom

    Mar 3, 2006
    Salters, SC
    Judging from the pronounced grain, I'd say ash.
     
  3. Ash
     
  4. basslinejam

    basslinejam

    Mar 21, 2005
    New York City
    Another vote for ash
     
  5. jumbodbassman

    jumbodbassman Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    Stuck in traffic -NY & CT
    Born Again Tubey
    ash
     
  6. Nicolay3535

    Nicolay3535 Supporting Member

    Sep 16, 2010
    South Florida
    That's what I thought the gentleman whom I bought for didn't know so I checked the neck pocket. I thought it was ash I just wanted some opinions.
     
  7. Mulebagger

    Mulebagger

    Dec 12, 2007
    poppin in the corn belt
    Endorsing Artist: Zon Guitars, Tsunami Cables, DR Strings, GK
    ash for sure
     
  8. SaintMez

    SaintMez Commercial User

    Jan 3, 2010
    Meridian, idaho
    Blood Brothers Guitars - Luthier, Porter Guitars - Contractor
    Its gotta be Ash.
    Im working with Ash now and it has that open wide grain.
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  9. Mr. Majestic

    Mr. Majestic Majestic Wood Supply Supporting Member

    Dec 3, 2005
    From Louisiana/In Arkansas
    Majestic Swamp Ash
    I been selling ash to many builders all over the world for almost ten years.......that is definitely ash
     
  10. Matt R.

    Matt R.

    Jul 18, 2007
    Huntsville AL
    I'd say "ash", but it's been repeated too much already.:ninja:
     
  11. J Lund

    J Lund

    Aug 6, 2008
    Omaha, NE
    I wouldn't be too sure that it is ash. I have relatively limited experience with wood, but I know enough to know that a picture is not usually enough to identify wood; the color could be off, the grain could appear more pronounced than it is, open or closed pores cannot be distinguished...

    To be honest, my money is on alder. I am working on a piece of alder right now that looks identical to that neck pocket. Also, I feel like alder would be a better choice than swamp ash for something that is going get painted black.

    This is not a great example, but it is a picture of the piece of alder I'm working with now.
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    This is all in my experience, of course. Surely a wood expert out there (cough... Larry?) could provide insight.

    Josh
     
  12. Dean N

    Dean N

    Jul 4, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I'd say ash, but listen to this knowledgeable guy. :cool:
     
  13. michael_atw

    michael_atw

    Feb 28, 2009
    Jamestown, NY
    Doesn't really matter anyways since it's been painted over!
     
  14. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    True, but you can't really know how it sounds unless you know what kind of wood it is.
     
  15. J Lund

    J Lund

    Aug 6, 2008
    Omaha, NE
    Hahahahahaha. Classic.
     
  16. Mr. Majestic

    Mr. Majestic Majestic Wood Supply Supporting Member

    Dec 3, 2005
    From Louisiana/In Arkansas
    Majestic Swamp Ash
    Here we go............:bag:
     
  17. old-fashioned

    old-fashioned

    Mar 25, 2005
    Ankara
    Good thread for me. Subbed...
     
  18. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Inactive

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    My guess is Alder...:ninja:


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  19. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Inactive

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
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  20. J Lund

    J Lund

    Aug 6, 2008
    Omaha, NE
    Alder is generally cheaper and has much less interesting grain patterns than swamp ash, which is why i said it would be a more logical choice for something painted a solid color.
     
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