A couple of months ago (Oct./Nov.) I bought some blanks for guitars and basses. I had the idea of maybe trying something different so I decided to get a body blank of two pieces of roasted ash. This thing is probably the lightest piece of ash i have ever seen. Very nice grain and almost perfectly bookmatched. The problems began two weeks ago when I decided to build two P-Basses. One with red alder and the other with this roasted ash. I started to see the first problems when I hand planed the joints to glue the two pieces together for the body. The wood is VERY brittle. Small chips are falling off all the time. You can't use a thicknesser machine, so I decided to make it thinner only use handtools. Luckily I'm very experienced with handplanes so things are a bit better. But my concern is for the time when I'll have to route this thing, after that when I'll be making the belly cuts etc... I was planning to put a Bosnian maple top on it since I have some very pretty looking pieces and I'd hate it if a maple top gets thrown away as well... So I have to find a solution before that. Do any of you have any experience and could advice me in to how to continue with this piece of wood? I hate to throw it away in case of a failure. Also, I should inform you that it's much darker than other roasted pieces I've seen. Much darker than what Warmoth has in stock for example. I'll try to upload some pics in a couple of hours.