Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of November, 18 2002 through November, 25 2002

The Classic
Swamp Ash
Translucent Blonde

To be able to express your innermost thoughts and feelings is an invaluable part of human wellbeing. Here in the physical world, gentle words can be a wonderful way of doing that. Technology and the use of words have led us to effortless global communication and unparalleled involvement in each other’s experience. It is this heightened contact that will play a valuable part in pointing the world toward a greater sense of peace than it has ever known before. When we continually discuss matters of interest and watch over each other’s actions, it causes society’s collective consciousness to be elevated above the individual. This inspires the advancement of a person’s behavior, again elevating the world community as a whole to the next level.

There is no doubt that sharing lofty non-polarized ideas with one another has an extremely beneficial effect but many times too many words can muddle the very clarity originally intended. I love how George Harrison put it when he explains in his latest video on the making of Brainwashed—his new album, “The problem with talking is, the more you say the more you bury yourself. It is very difficult to express what you feel in your heart. In a song though because you have the addition of the music and the value of sound, it touches places that other things don’t touch and so it can stir you from a much deeper subtle level.”

Often more effectively than any other medium and not bound by language, music can carry the gift of profound depth. Surrounded by harmonious vibrations and unencumbered by debate, it is offered without argument for all to embrace…or not…as it speaks to each.

We received a letter recently asking, “Since you have so many wood combinations to choose from could you make some recommendations from time to time on what sounds great together?”

Sure, we’d love to. Everything we show in the Guitar of the Week column not only looks good but is the Guitar of the Week because it is sonically wonderful to experience. With that said, this week’s instrument is certainly no exception but allow us to share the secret of this one’s success.

Reminiscent of the first 25 ½-inch scale length guitars of the early 1950's, our solid Swamp ash body’s temperament is a light and airy midrange sound with a robust low, low end and an incredibly musical sparkling top. Further adding to its characteristic appeal is a complex harmonic content, giving it a richness-without-bulk tone. Unsupported, swamp ash can offer a rather soft attack for stage use however. This is why we chose to couple the amazingly musical body wood to a maple neck capped with an African rosewood fingerboard. African rosewood is most similar in its genus to the legendary Brazilian rosewood, offering a more pronounced upper-midrange than its other rosewood cousins—perfect for assisting Swamp ash in an unreserved demonstration of its natural gifts.

The tinting of the maple on the neck lends a vintage look while our VA pickup’s traditional design substantiates that claim. One strum and we knew we were in the presence of greatness!

Having an instrument that performs flawlessly can aid the process of soul sharing because your focus can be entirely on meaning. And having a message of quality to share is always a good thing, no matter who’s listening.


• MODEL: – The Classic

• FINISH: – Translucent Blonde

• BODY WOOD: – Swamp Ash


• NECK WOOD: – Maple with African Rosewood fingerboard

• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Natural with Vintage Tint

• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin with Vintage Tint

• NECK BACKSHAPE: – T/A Standard

• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16ths

• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch

• FRETS: – Heavy

• BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo with Fishman Powerbridge—for plugged-in acoustic guitar sounds

• TUNING GEAR: – Locking


• PICKGUARD: – Pearl White




• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Add-Bridge Switch—for 7 sounds

• PICKUP COVERS: – Coffee Dipped



• DESTINATION/LOCATION: –Guitar Center/Cherry Hill, New Jersey

• 11-05-02P

The Classic
Swamp Ash
Translucent Blonde

The Classic
Swamp Ash
Translucent Blonde

The Classic
Swamp Ash
Translucent Blonde

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