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11/03/2020 3:32 pm  #1


Guitars and Climate Change

From Scientific American https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/climate-change-hits-rock-and-roll-as-prized-guitar-wood-shortage-looms1/

"Every winter and spring, rains across the central U.S. combine with snowmelt along the northern reaches of the Mississippi River to inundate the hardwood-dominated bottomlands of the lower Mississippi. When the floodwaters recede and soils dry up in summer, logging crews harvest species of trees that include green ash. Being partly submerged for months encourages these trees to produce thin-walled cells with large gaps between them, creating a low-density wood prized by musical instrument makers. Since the 1950s, American guitar giant Fender Musical Instruments has used this kind of ash to create its iconic electric guitars. Countless music legends, from bluesman Muddy Waters to rockers Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones and Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, have loved their Fenders, and many say this wood gives the instruments a warm but crystal-clear twang. This niche has earned it colloquial labels such as “swamp ash,” “music ash” or “punky ash” in the lumber and music industries (although the names are used for a couple of others species of ash as well).
 
Once cheap and readily available, swamp ash became an integral part of Fender’s DNA over the decades, says Mike Born, former director of wood technology at the company. But earlier this year an acute shortage forced Fender to announce it would move away from using swamp ash in its famous line of Stratocasters and Telecasters—reserving the wood for vintage models only. Fender blamed the dwindling supply on longer periods of climate-fueled flooding along the lower Mississippi—which is endangering saplings and making it harder for lumber companies to reach standing trees—as well as the looming threat of an invasive tree-boring beetle. Another renowned U.S. manufacturer called Music Man raised similar sourcing concerns in 2019, which the company described as having “one of the worst harvests in recent history.”"

So if you have one hang on to it, or if you see one at a reasonable price in may be a good investment.
 

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11/04/2020 3:10 am  #2


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Speaking of guitar investments...
https://i.postimg.cc/3xwyq8Zb/guitar01.jpg


https://i.postimg.cc/9QN4568X/guitar02.jpg


https://i.postimg.cc/vmJcDWwp/guitar03.jpg


https://i.postimg.cc/8CJ71Z9R/guitar04.jpg

But that's nothing, just wait till one of LJ's builds comes up for auction. 


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11/04/2020 9:03 am  #3


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Personally, I don't think the species of wood in an electric guitar has that much impact on the tone.  More to do with the scale length and type /location of the pick ups.

Acoustic is another matter.

 

11/04/2020 1:29 pm  #4


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There's a debate in the drumming community about how much impact the type of wood used in a drum shell has, versus other factors like depth/diameter, hardware, and bearing edges. Some say the drum is just a resonating chamber of air volume, and the bearing edges/heads create the whole sound. Others swear by the resonance and frequencies of certain woods.

I can't imagine the wood resonance of an electric guitar would translate into much difference at the pickups, but I do think the MASS of the wood and where the mass is in relation to the neck is a factor-- like those weights you can attach to your head stock and instantly get more sustain.

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11/08/2020 5:32 am  #5


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You can be weird with an Italian 9 string...
https://i.postimg.cc/VN8mh6rb/ninestring.jpg


However if you really want to make an impression build this infinity...
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Like this...

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11/08/2020 8:02 pm  #6


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Ben at Crimson had the same noise issue with a lighted guitar.  Can't remember how he solved that.

 

11/13/2020 5:23 pm  #7


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Heavy metal...
https://i.postimg.cc/wTTfxYVM/metal.jpg


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11/27/2020 10:34 pm  #8


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Damn, I'm tired just watching these two...


 


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11/27/2020 10:52 pm  #9


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holy mackerel!


that was AWESOME!

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1 -- wtf are those giant picks or are those tiny women with tiny instruments.... wtf.

2 -- I like how they're still tuning up at the start of the performance

3 -- standing ovation, daaaaaaayum that was impressive!!

 


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12/15/2020 8:29 pm  #10


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Bluegrass

 

12/16/2020 3:34 am  #11


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BigV wrote:

holy mackerel!

1 -- wtf are those giant picks or are those tiny women with tiny instruments.... wtf.
 

Both, the instruments are small and the picks are large with a flat blade they put their thumb on and a handle for their hand. You can see the handle sticking out the back of the hand.

https://i.postimg.cc/Xvk9DzVn/pick.jpg

 


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12/26/2020 3:46 pm  #12


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100 guitar riffs in one take, wow...



 


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1/14/2021 12:29 am  #13


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Hear Ye Hear Ye please bow for Royalty... 
https://i.postimg.cc/Zn6hQGSx/Gibson.jpg


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1/15/2021 6:54 pm  #14


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xoxoxoBruce wrote:

100 guitar riffs in one take, wow...



 

Thanks xoB!  That was mighty tasty, the man's got skillz.  I'm reminded how much I love rock and roll.


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