AT A GLANCE
Natural or roasted swamp ash body blank that is planed, cut and jointed to multiple thickness, width, length and piece options. Bookmatched drop tops are also available here.
This is a stock item. You will not receive the one shown in the picture.
We understand that not all guitar bodies are going to express their natural appearance, especially if they are going to be concealed with another material.
For your next build, perhaps you are going to conceal your guitar body with another material. A paint grade body blank is available for guitar bodies that will NOT expose any of its base material.
Defects may include inconsistent grain color, orientation and/or overall appearance. They may also include structurally sound knots and/or worm holes that do not exceed 3/16" in diameter. You will NOT receive a body blank that includes large knots (3/16" and over) and/or cracks within the Stratocaster pattern area.
Step One: After selecting your specifications, ensure that the "Convert To Paint Grade" checkbox is unchecked and select "Add To Cart". This will add an appearance grade body blank to your cart.
Step Two: With your specifications still selected, check the "Convert To Paint Grade" checkbox to convert your body blank to one that will be of lesser quality, but will still be suitable for paint coverage. Select "Add To Cart" to add your body blank to your cart as a separate item.
Swamp ash (or southern ash) is considerably lighter than northern ash. It is harvested from ash trees that have root systems below water level. As a result, the wood has large open pores that produce a well-pronounced high end, a distinct midrange, as well as a powerful low end.
American ash (Fraxinus americana) is considered to be a classic choice for guitar bodies due to its strong and dense composition. One of the most prominent differences between the two subspecies we offer--northern ash and swamp ash--is in its weight where one will be considerably heavier than the other. In addition, a difference in tonality should also be expected.
Ordered paint grade roasted swamp Ash 4 piece body blank and had em glue it up for me. Had to try really hard to find the where one piece of wood ended and another began. Really great wood at a great price
Came flawless. Beautiful piece of swamp Ash. Was packaged nice, has no bad spots. Was surprised how promptly it was shipped and arrived
This wood was amazing, I got it preglued and in 4 pieces and you can't even tell it's not a solid slab unless you look very closely. The roasted option is actually so nice looking that I decided I'm not going to paint it, the wood itself needs to shine!
just got the wood today, REALLY fast shipping!! all I have to say is, if this is what you guys consider "paint grade" I wished I'd found you YEARS AGO! this is SO much nicer than ANY ash I have seen in ANY shop locally. Thank you for the GREAT wood and the AWESOME price.
Couldn't be happier, I only buy wood from https://americanspecialtyhardwoods.com/
As always, I can purchase from American Specialty without seeing product before shipping. Materials provided are always top notch