Alder's natural color is a light tan with little or no distinct grain lines. We’d love to stay in touch, sign up for the Guitar World team to contact you with great news, content and offers. "I actually lived in the UK and went to grammar school there for a couple of years from 11 to 15, which is where I got my first guitar. Choosing Pickups to Match Your Guitar’s Wood. "We just did Jimmy Page’s Dragon Tele, which had an ash body, so for reissues we’re going to need that wood. Its sound is primarily a thicker, midrange tone. We’ve discussed choosing pickups according to your style before. Why those two? He wanted $450 for it and I wasn’t sure. Featherweight 3.9 pounds. "We do a lot with reclaimed stuff. We have full chain of custody on all our woods, to know exactly where they came from right from the beginning. Due to its wide spread popularity it produces a very familiar tone, a "vintage tone." I remember being in a guitar store 10 years later and there was one for $4,500! Does body wood have an effect on the tone of an electric guitar? It is lightweight, has beautiful grain patterns, and gives a warm sound with plenty of highs. Ibanez GIO Series GSR180-BS - Electric Bass Guitar - Brown Sunburst . More importantly, red alder’s middle-of-the-road grain pattern can be minimized or exaggerated by the type of stain or the way it’s applied. Alder is a fast growing hardwood. At least we’ll have ash again, unlike chestnut which is totally gone. Thunderbird Vintage Pro Tobacco Sunburst. But for those that insist on ash, it is what it is due to scarcity, which always drives demand. 2006.04.26 16:01 #3. As you might guess, red alder is the one used for guitars in general â and Fender guitars in particular. It just hit the point where we couldn’t put it in a production guitar telling everyone we can make something which we can’t get anymore. This is not a guitar commonly on the shelf, you have to order it. It’s relatively form stable during moisture variations. 44.45 mm thick to make a telecaster or stratocaster shaped body. So it’s a race against time, to some extent? The only way to know is to cut the tree down, so you might do that and then realize it’s not completely black, so then they leave the tree rotting on the floor of the jungle. I bought this body to use with a vintage Japanese Neck I already had, but the guitar wont set up the way I like it, so it's up for re-sale. CYBER WEEK SALE: Save 50% on a Monthly Plan. It’s not too warm or too bright but lies somewhere in the middle range. Any thoughts or opinions here? It’s about striking a balance and right now that means taking it out of regular production, from the Vintera series to the American Pro. Its other wood properties like its ideal color, wood structure, softness, reluctance to swelling and shrinkage make alder suitable for making guitars. Alder bodies tend to produce warm, even sounding mids and lows, although the highs can be relatively subdued. Occasional logs have a dark colored heart which produces what we call Black Limba. Music School. Photo 4. Has a few blemishes you can see in the photos. Item and description: Alder: Pieces: Three: Measurements: 480mm x 347mm x 44.45mm: Planed and sanded 3 piece body blank. As you might guess, red alder is the one used for guitars in general — and Fender guitars in particular. Seasoned alder firewood burns relatively fast but creates a hot fire with decent coals. Alder is generally considered to be one of the "traditional" Stratocaster body woods. $12.50 shipping. You will get a happy unexpected prize! Especially right now, guitar players will be eager for something new and exciting to inspire them. Description Additional information Reviews (0) Description. “I’ve had a couple of guitars come and go that I regret parting with. All in all, swamp ash imparts articulation and presence with a great balance between brightness and warmth, and it looks great. Finally agathis is a softer wood, and as such will give you a lighter guitar than other woods. Does body wood have an effect on the tone of an electric guitar? Fender adopted alder for electric instrument bodies in mid-1956, probably for no other reason than it was there; it was readily available and more affordable than ash. ALDER bass guitar body blank, 44.2mm, 2 pcs. It’s going to be a lot more limited.”. Alder is a favorite amongst Luthiers, who often choose it to use in solid electric guitar bodies. Jun 17, 2014 #6 L. Lihns Member. Although classified as a hardwood, alder is one of the softest of all hardwoods and is more commonly referred to as a semi-hardwood. I'm trying to acquire an alder strat-type body for a geetar build. Certainly, we weigh plenty of 8/4 Swamp Ash or Punky Ash wood with a lower density than 8/4 Alder. The great thing about working at Fender is nothing is more than a few screws away, you can always swap things around! So in a blind test I couldn't tell one over the other? I guess as we all walk back out into the light and adjust our eyes, our idea is to continue our plan of releasing new products. I guess like how American chestnut got destroyed in the 30s and it’s over. Thanks again, Steve. "Where we can get and store ash, we will, but it will probably become a more premium thing for the higher-end American and Custom Shop stuff. "But the floods have not been receding, so these areas are underwater for two thirds of the year and it’s gotten to the point where we are sitting there for six or eight months waiting for ash we can’t get reliably. VINTAGE STRAT STYLE ELECTRIC GUITAR BODY*UNFINISHED* $89.50. 3 … As for the quality of alder guitar wood, for your kind information, our collection of drift wood comes from some of the best sellers from China.In order to further simplify your shopping experience and make it more convenient, we feature smart filtering tools, so that you … Given what’s happening in the world right now, will products scheduled for launch at Summer NAMM still be announced this year? Please don't ask. Alder is my workhorse wood, use it for almost all of my production runs. Solid guitar body. You have now opened my eyes more to the Alder wood though. Body Woods Alder Similar to Basswood, alder is lightweight with soft tight pores. Alder belongs to the birch family and grows around the world throughout the north temperate zone, a large area which extends from the Tropic of Cancer to the Arctic Circle. I can’t seem to part with them. What goes good with what? Inside the Luthier's Shop with BigDGuitars.com. For those who’ve never had the chance to directly compare, what are the main differences between ash and alder? Fender PlayCYBER WEEK SALE: Save 50% on a Monthly Plan.UNLOCK THIS OFFER. it has about 20-25 coats of tru-oil its really simple, and you can get a fairly high-gloss shine at the end. The result is a guitar with a complexity of tones. Strong, dense, straight-grained and light in color, American ash is commonly used in everyday applications, including flooring, furniture and baseball bats. The Alders color and structure of the wood, softness and reluctance to shrinkage and swelling makes it suitable building guitars. "Alder is a more consistent and occupying sound in the mix. peskypesky Member. "We’ve already been prototyping the heavier ash with chambering, we actually had Kenny Wayne Shepherd in recently to test the difference and he thought they sounded and felt great. Finish. The guitar comes with a Fender gig bag . Tonally, basswood sits between mahogany and alder. They would clear forests of ash to make room to grow other things. It looks good with a sunburst or a solid color finish. Guitar Tone Woods A tone guide for Guitar Tone Woods. Common uses of Alder wood are cabinetry, furniture and musical instruments. Other woods in use today on a very small number of Fender electric instruments include poplar, pine and koto. Ooop! There are two types used to make guitar bodiesânorthern ash, and southern or âswampâ ash. How trees fight climate change. The neck radius has also been flattened to a much more contemporary 9.5 inches. Today we will be having a look at two of the most popular, specifically for the bodies of Fender guitars; ash and alder. Red alder boasts many sonic advantages. Wet alder smokes a lot and leaves behind a lot of ash. Softer woods include Alder, Swamp Ash and Basswood. Guitar Body Blanks : Honduran Mahogany: Swamp Ash: Alder : Honduran Mahogany Body Blanks: 1 3/4 x 14 x 21" One Piece: $148.00: ADD TO CART: 1 3/4 x 16 x 22" One Piece: $185.00: ADD TO CART: 1 3/4 x 18 x 24" One Piece: $237.00: ADD TO CART : 1 3/4 x 14 x 21" One Piece - … Alder. Let’s take a look at some of the most commonly used bass guitar tonewoods: Alder. Finish. "Sassafras is another, we just did an Eric Johnson sassafras Strat, which was based on his real one from the 50s. Even the mahogany we’re using for the Acoustasonics were sourced to be the most sustainable we could find. Alder sustains well without weighing a ton, so it is very efficient. Alder has more of a peak. Alder is a light, relatively soft and medium tough wood among the wood species. Joined: Mar 24, 2006 Messages: 113 Likes Received: 0 Trophy Points: 0 Location: Southern California. Up for sale is a 2008 Fender Road Worn'57 Sunburst Relic Stratocaster Guitar Body. Itâs a native North American hardwood which can be found all over the eastern half of the continent â from Nova Scotia in the north to Florida in the south, and as far west as Minnesota down to east Texas. "It’s like a recipe, you can make it time and time again, it will always be a little different. I favor classic rock music. Found mainly in the wetter environs of the U.S. South, swamp ash is lighter than the northern variety, with large open pores. Figured Maple Red Alder Wood Electric Bass Guitar Body Blank #5105 11 PC. “We’ve started looking at ash that’s a little heavier and working on different chambering techniques that would allow it not to be 12 or 13 pounds. In an exclusive interview, Executive VP of Fender Product Justin Norvell reveals what spec changes we can expect, and the fate of its Summer NAMM releases, It was recently announced that Fender will be phasing out ash for production-line electric guitar models. Messages 5,574. If you are a do-it-yourselfer interested in finishing your own guitar body, there are some very important differences between Alder and Ash. “There’s a company called Roots Of Rock and I believe they’ve found one strain of ash that’s resistant to that Borer beetle. I know I want a flame maple top on the body, but I can't decide between mahogany or alder for the main body wood. Use a spectrum analyzer, you say? The Case Against Agathis. ken374 Member. Fender has used other woods for its electric instrument bodies at various points in its history. There are many varieties. Manufacturer: Wood For Guitar Price: €73.11. It just hit the point where we couldn’t put it in a production guitar telling everyone we can make something which we can’t get anymore. Messages 568. Bath Many people choose to burn the wood during the fall or spring when the outside temperatures are moderate. If somebody plays that riff it brings a smile to people’s faces”, Doug Wimbish looks back at 5 of his best – and worst – bass sessions, Sick Riffs: Jacob Duarte teaches you the grungy drop-tuned riffs of Narrow Head's Hard to Swallow, Gibson expands the Slash Collection with the “Victoria” Les Paul Standard Goldtop. Manufacturer: Wood For ... About Wood For Guitar up. I am not a guitar wood expert, but I was wondering whether mahogany or alder was better for eletric guitar bodies. These are made in Mexico. Basswood: the principal wood used on many Japanese made instruments. “When Bob Taylor switched from regular ebony to streaked ebony, he explained why - only 10% is truly black. These larger rings and sections add to its strength, and the complexity of the tones. See similar items. Alder was especially in popular in the ’50s and ’60s, and is the body wood of choice for Fender. Its sound is primarily a thicker, midrange tone. “Right now my favorite is a player-grade, not 100% original, 1963 Jazzmaster and that thing sounds brilliant. This is how we adapt to that scarcity.”. “Yes, we are looking at other woods - there are some that are very on-brand for Fender, like pine. Alder wood: (2-3 piece) 3 single coil pickup route (60's layout with worm route) Tremolo Bridge holes for vintage spaced tremolo with string spacing 2 3/16" (55.6mm) - (Will not fit squier or other bridges) Standard neck dimensions (vintage consistent) Finish: cellulose sanding sealer and vintage white nitrocellulose top coat only Given how far Fender and ash bodies go back, this can’t have been an easy decision... Leo [Fender] used to say, ‘If I have $100 to make something, I’d spend $99 making it work and $1 making it pretty’. Traditionally, it is one of the primary woods used in electric guitar body wood construction. And with few exceptions, two mainstay woods have been used throughout Fender history for fashioning electric instrument bodies â alder and ash. Fingerboard Material Rosewood. While alder remains to be the most popular hardwood for Fender bodies, the American giant’s ties to ash cannot be understated - it was pretty much all they used for guitars and basses made between 1950 to 1956 and continues to sell successfully to this day. That’s why Leo Fender, creator of one of the most successful guitar lines today, used this knowledge to his advantage. Ash can be difficult to work with, though; the pores must be filled before finishes are applied, and two swamp ash guitar bodies are more likely to differ from one another tonally than two bodies made of alder, which has a tighter, more consistent grain. I like the warmth of mahogany but the balanced nature of alder. Page 1 of 2 1 2 Next > fallen2289 New Metal Member. Discussion in 'Musicians Corner' started by fallen2289, Aug 7, 2006. 22" x 14" x 1-3/4". Weight does vary, however, and some alder used for guitar bodies may weigh less than denser cuts of ash. it has an alder body though. This isn’t a decision we’re making to exit the ash business, it’s more like adapting to a new normal. It’s relatively form stable during moisture variations. The wood produces more treble and good sustain, with less warmth than other guitar woods. Again, Leo Fender was a pragmatist, he would have said, ‘What have you got today?’ They both have a similar grain pattern to ash and are sonically similar. 2013 Cabronita Telecaster Alder wood body in black finish. Are there any other steps Fender are taking to be environmentally conscious? He went to a lumberyard and woods like alder, ash and maple were easy to get. The wealth of regional varieties falls under two main types â black alder or European alder, which is native to most of Europe and to Southwest Asia; and red alder, which is native to the U.S. West Coast. Notably, alder also takes finishes well â with a light brown color and a tight grain thatâs only slightly visible, itâs ideal for solid colors rather than the transparent finishes that look so good on ash. Please deactivate your ad blocker in order to see our subscription offer, The rise, fall and rediscovery of the Fender Jaguar, How to set up a Les Paul: 7 essential tips, Jimmy Page: ”Whole Lotta Love was so fresh and it still is. If we get ash, we’ll use it and make limited editions. “There will be a day where there’s nothing left, and we’ve known this for three or five years. Alder Electric Guitar Body Blank High quality, flat sanded to 120 grit - 1, 2 or 3 piece body blank for guitar or bass. Dating back to the late 1950's, this is the wood found in more 3 single coil, double cut-away, 25 1/2" scale length guitars than any other. The Janka Wood Hardness Test. Wood Vendors supplies alder not only in lumber form, but also alder s4s (surfaced four sides), in both knotty and superior grades as well as alder mouldings, alder plywood, alder panels and T&G. "Ash isn’t the largest percent of our business - obviously alder is what we use mostly. guitar wood: Mahogany or Alder? So you can see â and hear â why many ash-body Fender guitars of the â50s are so highly prized. SKU: Alder Tone Wood Guitar Body Blank Category: Guitar Blanks. That said, Id much rather have a good poplar body of few pieces, than an alder … All rights reserved. Wood has its own character, you can pull three or four guitars made on the same day and they will all feel and resonate differently… that’s the beauty of it.”. Every piece of wood is different. TELE STYLE ELECTRIC GUITAR BODY (Solid Alder Wood) +UNFINISHED+. Generally speaking, alder lumber is slightly lower in weight than Swamp Ash lumber. Alder (Alnus rubra): Alder is used extensively for bodies because of its lighter weight (about four pounds for a Strat® body) and its full sound. 10 watching. Alder wood is easy to machine and finishes well. i'm still in the process of re-finishing my alder body DKMG (pictures to come soon). Alder wood and its appearance Alder Tone Wood Guitar Body Blank quantity. Generally, I try to keep everything I have. reply; James. “I think there are some challenges ahead, things might be delayed, but our plans are just to continue moving forwards. This advanced baking process rids the wood of imperfections and leaves it with a much darker, luxurious tint. But unfortunately due to the circumstances our ash production will be winding down.”. There is a wood hardness test called the Janka Hardness Test. Alder. Since it grows from Southeast Alaska to Central California and almost always within 125 miles of the Pacific Coast, a plentiful and affordable supply existed practically in Fender’s backyard. Instrument bodies made of red alder typically consist of two to four pieces glued together. We were using ash all the way down through to Squier before! “It’s eating its way through the forest and ash will be completely gone in a couple of years. Our interactive gear guide, FindYour.Fender.com, matches you with the perfect model by learning about your sound & style. More specifically, Red … We like the wood from the water, it’s more porous and that’s how we get the light swamp ash. "That said, there will probably be a couple more feasts and famines before the species is entirely gone. I might even like the Alder better. Alder body models also boast a sleek new roasted maple fretboard in place of rosewood. Watch. Its closed grain makes this wood easy to finish. You tell me! This is a fairly lightweight, light-colored wood from West Africa with excellent tonal qualities. $172.02. Itâs often used for furniture and cabinetry. Select grade 10 pounds 4 … What exactly prompted the decision to stop using ash for your production-line models? Item Number: IW34272 I am thinking of upgrading to the now available USA model of this but hesitate because this color is only available in Alder wood. This can be attractive to those of us in our waning years, looking for ways to preserve our backs! Why have those two woods been used for so long in most Fender electric instruments? Not especially dense, itâs a lightweight, closed-pore wood that has a resonant, balanced tone brighter than other hardwoods, with a little more emphasis in the upper midrange. check more. Additionally, it machines well and is regularly available. “It’s something none of us took lightly - ash is part of the DNA of what we do at Fender. You will receive a verification email shortly. Ibanez GSRM20 GIO Series MiKro Short Scale Electric Bass Guitar - Walnut Flat Finish. There are several kinds of ash trees; for this purpose, weâre talking the American ash. “Over time, there’s this Emerald Ash Borer beetle that started up near Canada and Michigan, and it started destroying the ash. We’re working in a consortium to help replant that in the Detroit and Michigan area, but that will be like 30 years. Due to its widespread popularity it produces a familiar tone. This is not like it will go away for a couple of seasons and eventually grow back.”. Recently, we had six of Tom Morello’s guitars lined and we were going through them with Tom and each one sounded a little different, just because of how the neck and body come together. Its other wood properties like its ideal color, wood structure, softness, reluctance to swelling and shrinkage make alder suitable for making guitars. Like Alder, the tone of Ash is musical and well-balanced, with perhaps just a little more “pop”. People received them well and said they sound great, so that’s a path we’re going down. Since it grows from Southeast Alaska to Central California and almost always within 125 miles of the Pacific Coast, a plentiful and affordable supply existed practically in Fenderâs backyard. Alder used to be very popular in the 1950s and 1960s, and many Fender guitars from that era are made from Alder. I don't know. Texas Residents must pay 8.25% State sales tax. That’s why Leo Fender, creator of one of the most successful guitar lines today, used this knowledge to his advantage. Alder is a light, relatively soft and medium tough wood among the wood species. There are so many materials to use, we’re always looking because that’s in the spirit of Leo, looking around and making something that works great out of that. There was a decent amount of that stuff back in the day - we made some pine guitars and have even used it recently. It grows throughout the northern hemisphere in the temperate zone. Alder has a strong, clear, full-bodied sound, with beefy mids and excellent lows. “It’s interesting. Only a few things got away - there was a beautiful ‘64 Bandmaster that I got rid of, so I definitely miss that.”. On Alder, the grain is closed, making it a good candidate for amateurs and budding luthiers. (020) 8551 5987. Construction. The beetle is still coming where there’s floods or not, so it’s really narrowing down. Alder wood is used in more guitar bodies than any other species. Well, alder is a bit blotchy. It imparts excellent sustain and sharp attack. “Well, we’ve been racing this beetle, but then on the climate change front there are these floods that come in and recede, that’s when we go in and get the ash. Find best dropshippers for UK alder guitar wood and buy cheap carved wood spoons on Dhgate website with high quality & fast delivery to UK. Alder. $65.00. szt. These woods are commonly used for bass guitar bodies as they have very resonant qualities. The email you entered isn't valid. “This isn’t a decision we’re making to exit the ash business, it’s more like adapting to a new normal. There was a problem. Trees woods and wildlife. In this article I want to explore some possible guitar, pickup, style and tone choices. The signature light tan colour with the spiral grain wood pattern is one of the signs to help recognise Alder. Visit our corporate site. Finally, what have been your favorite guitars you’ve owned over the years? (560mm x 355mm x 45mm). For us, we’re looking at ways to store and hold what we have without worrying about beetles. ALDER guitar body blank, 43.5mm, 1 pc. All Rights Reserved. The Janka Wood Hardness Test. Due to its wide spread popularity it produces a very familiar tone, a "vintage tone." It’s commonly harvested in Europe, Russia and North West Africa and is a popular choice for bass guitars due to its light to medium weight. The lighter the guitar, the less tired the musician at the end of a concert. 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