OT Swamp Ash wood shortage and Fender guitars-OT. They also started replenishing the Adi Spruce and it is now becoming more plentiful .I love my swamp ash strat and hope they can come up with an acceptable alternative. As Ernie Ball Music Man engineer Drew Montell says: We’ve always experimented with different woods. Aside from the tragic loss of human life and damage to property, the high water levels made it almost impossible for our trusted wood suppliers to reach or extract the swamp ash, resulting in one of the worst harvests in recent history. It's at times like these when climate change doesn't seem so far off and impersonal after all. Pawlonia – this is a distant cousin of Ash and is EXTREMELY lightweight. Canada has 10 kinds of native maple and Europe only 3 or 4, he added. I must admit, I hadn't appreciated the environmental factors behind the swamp ash shortage. Once upon a time Adirondack was the spruce of choice for Martins and they had a shortage . Jennifer Koch, a biologist with the Forest Service, told Scientific American that this decision "makes sense under the current circumstances, though it leaves fewer trees for the future.". While the swamp ash can survive underwater for weeks at a time, it struggles to thrive when that time stretches into months. lousubcap Posts: 22,527. OT Swamp Ash wood shortage and Fender guitars-OT. Used mainly in the musical instrument trade for light weight electric guitars, it also has … The repercussions are being felt across the guitar industry, and even at Ernie Ball Music Man, we’ve depleted almost all the inventory of swamp ash in our California factory. Rest assured, swamp ash is very much a fixture in our future plans. Like any firm that deals in natural materials, we’re at the mercy of the environment. Thats why they went to Sitka Spruce . Katherine Martinko is a writer and expert in sustainable living. The similarity to Swamp Ash is uncanny. The thought doesn't leave my mind that the first, short drought will bring down a lot of the remaining easier to get at trees. SWAMP ASH Light weight with an open pore structure, with a beautiful flowing grain which can be grain filled in a contrasting colour for special effects. Thank you for sharing. Here's my StratPlus. While the swamp ash can survive underwater for weeks at a time, it struggles to thrive when that time stretches into months. 8 Twangmeisternyc 3 weeks ago That's really nice, not too many Swamp Ash-backed Acoustics. That’s why our guitars and basses feature mahogany, rosewood, basswood, poplar, alder, maple – and plenty more. Scientific American reports that, between June 2018 and July 2019, the U.S. experienced its 12 wettest months on record, and that "the 2019 spring floods along the Mississippi were among the most damaging in modern history." You can see maps online of how it's slowly making its way south. Not only does the flooding make it harder for trees to grow, but it impedes logging companies from entering the swamp regions to harvest wood. He went on to say, "There are over 100 species of maple in China, so lots to work with" – a point all the more relevant because much guitar production has moved overseas. Interesting article, although with a somewhat lop-sided view of Fender's most notable players and, indeed, guitars. 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Being partly submerged for months encourages … Due to prolonged flooding along the Mississippi River and the spread of the emerald ash borer, there is a shortage of swamp ash wood, a favorite material used in the construction of electric guitars and basses. 9 EllenGtrGrl 3 weeks ago The thought doesn't leave my mind that the first, short drought will bring down a lot of the remaining easier to get at trees. With record rainfall and Hurricane Barry raging across the Southern States in July, the Mississippi River experienced some of the worst flooding in the last quarter-century. Swamp Ash Shortage: Swamp Ash lumber availability tightened up in early 2019. Swamp ash Guild D46 1980. IMO, Fender is proactively diversifying where they can and saving good Swamp Ash for higher end models. Fortunately, after working with wood for the last 35 years, we’ve learnt that Mother Nature is unpredictable. As a result, customers feel take advantage of and skeptical of subsequent forecasts. lousubcap Posts: 22,527. He said ash could likely be replaced by soft (or silver) maple, which is also lightweight, but would have a different sound and be harder to finish because of larger pores in the wood. Another guitar maker, Music Man, made a similar statement in 2019, saying it has depleted the inventory of swamp ash in its California factory and will begin experimenting with new woods. Swamp Ash is the new Braz Rosewood? A while back I called on a luthier who insisted his Swamp Ash weighed between 1.6-1.80 LB/BF (insanely light - about 10-20% lighter than what most builders would consider ultra-light Swamp Ash.