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Wood Gurus of TB: Any such thing as figured Ash?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Ricky Caboverde, Mar 12, 2008.


  1. Ricky Caboverde

    Ricky Caboverde Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2004
    Miami, FL
    Hey guys, I need some help. I am planning on commissioning a fretless bass with an Ash body and maple neck. Since I just want a simple ash body with no top, I wanted to know if there are any interesting variants of Ash? Such as...flamed, burled, quilted..etc. If it's possible post pics of any examples. Aslo, would these variants sound the same and have the same weight as a simple Swamp ash block? Thanks in advance:smug:

    And what the heck is this smiley for? :atoz:
     
  2. Rodent

    Rodent A Killer Pickup Line™ Commercial User

    Dec 20, 2004
    Upper Left Corner (Seattle)
    Player-Builder-Founder: Honey Badger Pickups & Regenerate Guitar Works
    flamed Ash (when you can find it) is a true wood of beauty.

    I currently have three lightly flamed Ash body blanks awaiting that 'special project' when I re-open my shop in Charlotte.

    all the best,

    R
     
  3. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
  4. Ricky Caboverde

    Ricky Caboverde Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2004
    Miami, FL
  5. Jonsbasses

    Jonsbasses

    Oct 21, 2006
    Fort Worth, TX
    Builder: Jon's Basses
    No. It can be just as light. Contact Mr. Majestic if you're looking for that hard-to-find figured ash, he has some.
     
  6. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass

    He may have it but good luck getting him to part with it. ;) Nice regular Swamp Ash though!
     
  7. scottyd

    scottyd Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2006
    Waco Tx
    Builder/owner Redeemer Basses
    Hey Tom your new website layout looks great!
     
  8. That smiley is the atoz smiley :atoz: It just got added the other day in honour (or maybe mockery) of Atoz.

    lowsound
     
  9. Dean N

    Dean N

    Jul 4, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
  10. Ricky Caboverde

    Ricky Caboverde Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2004
    Miami, FL
    The back of that bass looks killer!!!
    I contacted Mr. Majestic...let's see what he has :)
     
  11. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass

    Thanks it is donated by a customer a great guy. Thanks for the info on the fretwire too.
     
  12. Mr. Majestic

    Mr. Majestic Majestic Wood Supply Supporting Member

    Dec 3, 2005
    From Louisiana/In Arkansas
    Majestic Swamp Ash

    You do get some slight figure in swamp ash, but heavy figure is very hard to find. There are a few pieces with slight "curl" that comes through and I do sell those. I have only had 2 pieces come through in the last year that have had heavy figuring and like Tom said I have locked those away in my "vault". I do have 10000 bd.ft coming in next week and can be on the look-out. But until then here's a shot of flamed swamp ash. I haven't shot a pic of the face, but this piece is perfect. The flame runs the entire length and thickness of the board. It also is freaky light at 1.7 lbs.bd.ft. or in other words a blank that is 14 x 22 x 1.75 would weigh around 6 lbs 6 ozs.

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  13. brandinstroy

    brandinstroy Supporting Member

    Feb 21, 2001
    Colorado Springs, CO
    I Support the following: Fodera, Noble Amps, JHAudio, Trickfish Amplification
  14. DanielM

    DanielM

    Jan 6, 2007
    Holland
  15. Mr. Majestic

    Mr. Majestic Majestic Wood Supply Supporting Member

    Dec 3, 2005
    From Louisiana/In Arkansas
    Majestic Swamp Ash
    There is quite a bit of figuring in the harder ash and northern ash, but the texture of swamp ash does not lend itself to figuring very often. And when it does it is usually has bark inclusions. I have been asking some of my smaller one man mills to be on the look out for any burls on any of the ash they cut, but no results yet. I love that black ash burl, but they are not that common down here.
     
  16. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    Any interesting crotch wood or down at the base of the tree?
     
  17. Mr. Majestic

    Mr. Majestic Majestic Wood Supply Supporting Member

    Dec 3, 2005
    From Louisiana/In Arkansas
    Majestic Swamp Ash
    Unfortunately ash is a great pulpwood. Anything that is not straight goes to the pulpwood mill. Light weight ash is a very small piece of the pie in the ash market. Loggers are looking for maximum profit with minimum headache.
     
  18. The most beautiful piece of ash i ever saw
    Stambaugh, Lady and Gentlemen...
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  19. Ricky Caboverde

    Ricky Caboverde Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2004
    Miami, FL

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