Ash – Swamp
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. Swamp Ash is shock resistant, very easily workable by hand or machine, responds well to steam bending and is easy to sand, glue and stain.
Not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Why We Love This Wood
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. The popularity of Swamp Ash 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.