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PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2020 3:38 pm 
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I was just looking at prices for swamp ash and I can't believe the prices I'm seeing. I don't want to spend 116 for a body blank, I just want the wood. To me, $50 is reasonable.

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Yes, $50 is reasonable. But if you want a blank, pay up.

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I was just reading about this issue this morning as I was searching for a Paulownia blank.

As I understand it, the Emerald Ash Borer has devastated Swamp Ash yields and thus the prices are and will likely continue to rise.



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2020 5:05 pm 
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Maybe I'll avoid swamp ash!

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Here's one for $50, http://guitarwoodexperts.com/swamp-ash- ... gIQtfD_BwE.
I've got some white oak I've cut off my property that I'm waiting to get dry. It has an open grain too. The quartersawn pieces look pretty cool.



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2020 12:10 pm 
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Swamp Ash vs other species of Ash, is it mostly an issue of weight? I bought some good Ash from my local lumber supply for $8 bd/ft. But as a body it is heavier than swamp ash bodies I've held


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2020 4:59 pm 
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Was the weight a big problem?

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According to all my taxonomic info there is only Ash.....
"Swamp Ash" is a marketing name. There is no such tree, no such lumber...... usually applied to billits with mass under 35blb./sq.ft. but there are no rules. A seller can literally call any piece of ash swamp ash.

The term comes from that fact that tress grown in wetter, swampy areas are lighter when dried due to extra moisture content.

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Heavy?
I'm sure it will.
Not a problem if you are young, strong, or sit whilst playing.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:21 pm 
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banjopicks wrote:
Was the weight a big problem?


Nope, I was just curious.


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The lighter blanks come from the base of the tree and get heavier as you get closer to the top.
Every board has a heavy end and side,especially those wide enough for 1 pc blanks.
Having cut a lot of body blanks in my days, take that as a given in swamp ash.

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