Just an update - this is what became of that northern ash body I posted - this picture actually makes it look a little different than in person. In person. the body isn't so dark and the flame is more apparent. The neck also has a lot more flame than is apparent in the photo. As I said, it's an EVH-style guitar but to my tastes in terms of finish, set-up and playability. The neck is a clone of my '81 Charvel Pre-Pro. Pickups are now WCR Darkburst Alnico 2s.
I have two alder-bodied, maple-necked guitars of this same basic configuration, so I should have a tone report soon.