Swamp Ash draws its name not from a particular Fraxinus-genus species, per se, but is a reference to any species of Ash (Fraxinus) whose roots system lies submerged, or partially submerged, in water. It is the softest of all ashes, which makes it the most desirable for electric guitar builders; lightweight and resonant, yet still stable enough for instrument building.
Sustainability: Not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Common Uses: Instruments, flooring, millwork, boxes/crates, baseball bats, and other turned objects such as tool handles.
Comments: Many electric guitar players and builders, alike, swear by this wood — known for its crisp highs, tight lows and scooped mid content. Like all other Ash species, the higher up the tree you go, the denser the wood gets. Thus, the most desired part of the Swamp Ash trees are from its midsection down to its trunk.
Its popularity continues to grow, as electric guitar builders, worldwide, keep the wood under steady demand, thus making Swamp Ash easily the most expensive of all varieties of the Fraxinus genus.