Thoughts on ASH + ROSEWOOD strat??

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I once had a US 74 strat, light ash, maple neck and hardtail. Rose tinted glasses & all and a long time ago but that thing was the stratiest quackiest sounding thing.
I can still remember the dude in the shop looking at me in despair as I traded it in on a Charvel.

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calling card wrote: Mon Aug 01, 2022 2:19 pm I once had a US 74 strat, light ash, maple neck and hardtail. Rose tinted glasses & all and a long time ago but that thing was the stratiest quackiest sounding thing.
I can still remember the dude in the shop looking at me in despair as I traded it in on a Charvel.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing, eh :-)

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calling card wrote: Mon Aug 01, 2022 2:19 pm I once had a US 74 strat, light ash, maple neck and hardtail. Rose tinted glasses & all and a long time ago but that thing was the stratiest quackiest sounding thing.
I can still remember the dude in the shop looking at me in despair as I traded it in on a Charvel.
I did a similar thing, though for an Ibanez Destroyer... :-(

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Yeah, I did too. I got a Godin Artisan Tele. It was a lovely guitar, with the added bonus of not being pointy. But worth about 1/4 of the price of that Strat now.

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olegmcnoleg wrote: Mon Aug 01, 2022 6:56 pm Yeah, I did too. I got a Godin Artisan Tele. It was a lovely guitar, with the added bonus of not being pointy. But worth about 1/4 of the price of that Strat now.
I bet we could all have pretty enviable collections now if we'd just appreciated those gems that came along. Suspect mine were traded for 'latest and greatest' fashion statements.

Could say the same about amps. But not women, funnily enough (which is as it should be). The one time I started a collection didn't end well.

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Molly wrote: Mon Aug 01, 2022 7:15 pm
olegmcnoleg wrote: Mon Aug 01, 2022 6:56 pm Yeah, I did too. I got a Godin Artisan Tele. It was a lovely guitar, with the added bonus of not being pointy. But worth about 1/4 of the price of that Strat now.
I bet we could all have pretty enviable collections now if we'd just appreciated those gems that came along. Suspect mine were traded for 'latest and greatest' fashion statements.

Could say the same about amps. But not women, funnily enough (which is as it should be). The one time I started a collection didn't end well.
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Molly wrote: Mon Aug 01, 2022 6:53 pm I did a similar thing, though for an Ibanez Destroyer... :-(
It was the Eighties, my opinion of an even older pre cbs strat was it was old and shitty, like the car I drove.

...and that car looking like about $30K now.

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calling card wrote: Tue Aug 02, 2022 7:33 am
Molly wrote: Mon Aug 01, 2022 6:53 pm I did a similar thing, though for an Ibanez Destroyer... :-(
It was the Eighties, my opinion of an even older pre cbs strat was it was old and shitty, like the car I drove.

...and that car looking like about $30K now.
Who would've thought it? I saw Strats as guitars for old men; dumpy and uncool, and thin-sounding.

And the TR7 I had back then (two actually)... Well, I suspect they're just as shite today as they ever were.

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Re: Thoughts on ASH + ROSEWOOD strat??

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Just my 2c. I personally think Ash is the best all purpose wood. You still get the frequency of Alder, or note definition, but you get the resonance close to mahogany. Add to that it is also one of the prettiest grains (sort of like oak), it makes a gorgeous satin or lacquer finish. And generally speaking, the wood is light weight. Im not sure how much better it can get, which is what I meant by the best all purpose.

The problem you have is "Ash" is not specific (although nor is mahogany, that is a species). I would look for swamp ash if it were me.

In saying all that, G&L make some of the best classic sounding strats around (as well as the s500 mfd pup version) with Ash. Glassy as glassy a tone you can get in the neck and quacks like a duck when you use your tone.

But, I love Alder too. I think the differences are there but not enough to discard one or the other, I would choose Ash for aesthetics and weight. Pickups can change any tonality differences, as can the tone knob........

What I would love is a satin finished Ash body with a baked maple neck, white pup covers with an aqua blue pickguard. Im not the conventional sort mind.

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