This one of our mid-priced guitars, the body is made from American swamp ash, the total finished guitar weight is only 3.5kg. It features high quality components:
For Fender, southern “swamp ash” is where it’s at. Leo Fender chose swamp ash for his first Esquire, Broadcaster and Telecaster guitars at the dawn of the 1950s. Found mainly in the wetter environs of the U.S. South, swamp ash is lighter than the northern variety, with large open pores. That makes it remarkably resonant and sweet sounding, with clearly chiming highs, defined midrange and strong low end. Higher overtones are more clearly defined in lower registers, improving harmonic content. Further, the wood has a beautiful grain and color that make for gorgeous transparent finishes. Ash can be difficult to work with, though; the pores must be filled before finishes are applied, and two swamp ash guitar bodies are more likely to differ from one another tonally than two bodies made of alder, which has a tighter, more consistent grain.
All in all, swamp ash imparts articulation and presence with a great balance between brightness and warmth, and it looks great. So you can see (and hear) why many ash-body Fender guitars of the ’50s are so highly prized.
This instrument has the vintage-true flattened body for the output jack.