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“Dear Sir,
A few months ago I placed my first order with you and built my very first guitar. Ovangkol back and sides with Sitka top.
I have been a craftsman for a number of years, rebuilding antique pianos, including making new soundboards and bridges, and decided to try my hand at guitars after buying a Taylor 814ce.
The results of my first attempt were surprising, to me and to others. Since I'm a bit "old-school" I built it entirely by hand, no table saw, router, joiner etc. (I did use a drill press!). I have already received requests for custom made guitars, and from a store interested in selling them.
It really helped to find quality supplies, all in one place, so I could start this experiment - which may just turn out to be my next and final career.
Many Thanks.
ps. I have just placed a second order so I can start making a few more......”

- Jon Ballard

White Ash

Fraxinus americana

White Ash is a species native to the United States. A cousin of Swamp Ash (same species, different region) which is a wood commonly used on solid body guitars, White Ash is typically denser and stiffer as the trees grow in higher elevations (along the east side of the continent). It’s harder than Maple and has a slightly more complex and lively tap tone. Very light in color, with a subtle gray cast, expect straight vertical grain lines of light brown. Of course, the most striking and attractive aspect of this wood is the intense, tight curl pattern that rivals the most highly figured Maple. This is a wood that begs for an amber, rust or burnt orange dye coating, or better yet, a sunburst finish.  It requires some pore filling, is stable and glues and finishes well. Bending is not intrinsically difficult but because of the heavy flame, additional care is required.

Back & Sides Dimensions
Wood Grading article
Figured Wood Terms


B & S, White Ash, flamed, steel string

BSAWSSFL004 -  $140.35



B & S, White Ash, flamed, steel string

BSAWSSFL005 -  $140.35



B & S, White Ash, flamed, steel string

BSAWSSFL006 -  $140.35