I love swamp ash and alder, they're tried, true and you can't go wrong with them in a well made instrument. However, each has tonal characteristics the other lacks. White limba seems to be attracting fans which are looking for an alternative (Chris Benavente using it pretty extensively) with some benefits of each. I have an avodire Smith (with jazz style PU's) which is a terrific bass. Compared to my swamp ash LowEnd, it doesn't have the extended lows or live highs found in the LowEnd. However, it combines some of the best qualities of ash, alder and mahogany: 1. Upper mids suitable for slapping, similar to swamp ash but not as pronounced (growly) 2. Punch and finger-style focus which is extremely reminiscent of alder, with better note clarity 3. Tight, easily controlled lows, similar to mahogany. I think this stuff is way underutilized, so I'll ask...anybody feel similarly about avodire and, if you feel the love, post your bass! I know for certain that my next custom will be built on the smooth foundation of avodire!