Scrap Swamp Ash

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by 40Hz, Jun 4, 2020.

  1. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    May 24, 2006
    ** Update: Never mind. I’ve decided to leave it natural. **

    I was wondering if any of the builders out there might have some scrap pieces of swamp ash they’d be interested in selling and shipping. I need do some stain samples for an unfinished body I’m working with since I’d like to come up with a nice match to go along with this Warmouth neck I have arriving very shortly.


    I know I could just order some swamp ash from a dealer and use that. But that seemed kind of wasteful. And I figured if some TB member has a few oddball or oddly shaped pieces of scrap wood they want to get rid of, I’d rather spend the money on that instead of wasting a perfectly good piece of wood that could actually be used for something.

    PM me if anybody’s interested? Thx. :)

    P.S. Any suggestions anyone would care to offer for finishing are also appreciated. Right now I’m thinking a stain, fill, Tru-Oil and Danish Oil hand finish. I’m just getting back into building after many years. So I figured it’d be best to go with something simple like an assembly and finishing project in order to get back into the swing of things.

    This is the body. 1-piece swamp ash from company called Guitar Mill down in Tennessee:

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  2. Bruce Johnson

    Bruce Johnson Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 4, 2011
    Fillmore, CA
    Professional Luthier
    Sad....Over the last few months, we've done a big cleanup of the Lab, including clearing out the shop spaces of some guys who moved out. We had to get rid of several barrels full of cutoffs of primo swamp ash. Rob Allen took about half of it home to burn in his fireplace. The rest went to the landfill. It's gone now, I'm sorry.
  3. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    May 24, 2006
    Not a problem. And thanks just the same. I actually had a length of junker swamp ash I put in the dumpster back in October. Timing has never been my strong suite. :laugh:
  4. dwizum


    Dec 21, 2018
    What about just testing your stain colors in the pickup and neck cavities?
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  5. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    May 24, 2006
    It’s a Telecaster as in guitar (horrors!) build. Not much cavity space to do a decent test swatch. But as it turns out it’s moot!

    Neck arrived today. And when I did a test fit to the body I decided I very much liked the way everything looks just the way it is. The neck is a little lighter and the body a little darker in real life than the photos show. And as it turns out, the neck and body really compliment each other. So I’m just going to leave the body natural and go with a clear filler plus a satin clear coat on the swamp ash body and call it a day. I’ve always been a sucker for natural finishes when you have a nice piece of wood.
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  6. I don’t own anything he’s built but Mario and Guitar Mill is 20 minutes from my house. I’ve seen some beautiful stuff come out of that shop -both unfinished and finished. He manages to get some lightweight stock as well-something more appealing to me the older I get. Enjoy that Tele. Teles have become my go to guitar as of late.