Which Custom Shop Strat would you pick? (2 pics ASH or ALDER)

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  1. davidos

    davidos Supporting Member

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    56 ASH
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    56 ALDER

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  2. Custom50

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    Ash without question. I have a hard on for ash bodied strats. I just like the tone of ash more.
     
  3. ecbluesman54

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    On looks alone, w/o trying them out I would say the Ash bodied Strat. Very nice!
     
  4. buddastrat

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    I like them both. Ash is more figured, but I kinda like alder because and alder strat always seems to have a little more punch/cut to the tone. I a-b them all the time through the same amp. But ash is still nice, it's got a little dip in the middle of the guitar's frequency and reminds me a little bit of an acoustic guitar type tone.


    Going on looks alone, they both look nice, but the alder's neck looks anemic and too Squier like. They should'a put a little tint on that. Not sure if the ash neck has a tint or it's just lighting.
     
  5. thesjkexperienc

    thesjkexperienc ^^^ I made this guitar^^^

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    Ash on two tone. They look fantastic.
     
  6. Polynitro

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    I had that same guitar! (not CS though but same color)I say ash but whatever YOU like.
     
  7. stevel

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    Ash Liker.

    Don't confuse that with any similarly spelled/sounding words!

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    Swamp Ash and a one piece maple neck are a match made in heaven IMO.
     
  9. stratus

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    Alder Relic strat. And you don't have to worry about the color of your neck!
     
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    I've always liked ash for teles and alder for strats.
     
  12. davidos

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    Thanks for the input... looks like ASH is the way to go although I can't stop thinking about Clapton's Brownie which was Alder.... Don't know what is up the tint on the Alder neck. The shop says they look the same.
     
  13. HHB

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    I think the alder sound cooler
     
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    If you get a chance to play them, then you`ll know!
     
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    That's a nice piece of ash. :AOK Ash gets my vote.
     
  16. K-Line

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    Looks: Ash Sound:Alder
     
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    Whatever sounds best these are the two magic combos.

    Ash + Maple = bright, musical, harmonically rich

    Alder + Rosewood covered Maple = warm, deep sweet tone
     
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    I'd go with the ash, as that grain is just beautiful. A friend of mine once owned an ash strat, and man, I had guitar envy when I would seem him playing it.
     
  20. jackaroo

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    Of those two pics I like the look of the ash...but I tell you brother Alder sounds better to me in general. The neck on the alder looks really pale...


    Uggh.
     

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