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« on: January 15, 2018, 02:59:43 AM »

Does anyone have any experience with any of the swamp ash Larrivee acoustics? How does swamp ash compare with rosewood and mahogany? Do you think it's a good tone wood. I am interested in a P-03 with swamp ash back and sides and I was wondering what you thought.
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« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2018, 03:27:55 AM »

The one I played was as light as a feather.  They do not compromise on volume nor tone... great tonewood IMHO.
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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2018, 02:52:27 PM »

Why not? Jean could make a guitar out of papier mache that would sound great. It's the top that really matters, after all. 
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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2018, 01:39:54 AM »

Why not? Jean could make a guitar out of papier mache that would sound great. It's the top that really matters, after all. 
Truth. 90% of the tonewood sound comes from the top. From what I understand, swamp ash is not that dense/reflective and will give you a more dry tone. Often the type of thing one wants in a small guitar. I know that my ash electrics are not as heavy in overtones but I've never played it in an acoustic.
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« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2018, 04:21:22 PM »

Truth. 90% of the tonewood sound comes from the top. From what I understand, swamp ash is not that dense/reflective and will give you a more dry tone. Often the type of thing one wants in a small guitar. I know that my ash electrics are not as heavy in overtones but I've never played it in an acoustic.

I've made plenty of posts about the merits of Swamp Ash. My brother wanted one so I tried a bunch out and was amazed by the sound; HUGE bottom end with Martin like clarity on the top end. I believe the bracing is like a 40 series. I compared a swamp ash D-03 to a Martin D-28 and, to be honest, the Larrivee had the more robust sound for several thousand dollars less. And I love the Martin 28 series. Anyhow, I'm convinced swamp ash is one of the better tone woods out there and would jump at an OM version. I'm betting the Parlour version would have a pretty good bottom end and a more "suppressed" midrange than Mahogany or Rosewood. Needless to say, I told my brother he can't sell the swamp ash guitar to anyone but me.
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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2018, 10:36:59 PM »

Why not? Jean could make a guitar out of papier mache that would sound great. It's the top that really matters, after all. 

Torres, father of the modern Spanish guitar, did exactly that, and proved your point.
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« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2018, 02:04:23 PM »

I am playing the Larrivee OM-03 swamp ash since late 2013. It is an excellent sounding guitar. You get a dry tone with more bottom end than hog. Tonewise it is in between hog and rosewood in my opinion. It is excellent for singer songwriting, too.

Kind regards, Olaf
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« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2018, 10:39:40 PM »

If anyone is looking for swamp ash I've got lots.. in tree form. Had to have ~20 removed in the past few years because of Emerald Ash borer infestation. Still have lots left ..make an offer. Interesting thread didn't know that Ash was used in guitar construction.
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« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2018, 10:54:11 PM »

There's a YouTube video on a swamp ash do3
Xlnt sounding guitar!
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