NGD Gibson Swamp Ash Studio

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  1. northernguitarguy

    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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  2. JesseXGibson

    JesseXGibson Senior Member

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    HNGD!! She’s a beaut :thumb:
     
  3. bulletproof

    bulletproof aka tarddoggy Premium Member V.I.P. Member

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    Damn brother,ain’t that a beauty!!! :applause:
     
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  4. Seven

    Seven Silver Supporter

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    I was thinking the same thing. :dude:
     
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    stratcpo Senior Member

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    Very nice. Congrats. ENJOY!!!
     
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  6. JohnnyN

    JohnnyN Old school Premium Member

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    Looks great! Congratulations and happy NGD :)
     
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  7. endial

    endial Senior Member

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    Want!

    Those are soooooooo freakin' cool! Damn nice to look at too.


    Edit: OH! Love the dots! Fretboard material? That's not ebony, is it?
     
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  8. Bend'n'Slide

    Bend'n'Slide Senior Member

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    Nice catch on this guitar! Looks fabulous! Compared to the published spec, a one-piece back is a great find — and apparently they were supposed to come with the black and white case not the brown and pink one.

    Maple neck, rosewood ‘board, swamp ash body. Just for those who need a bit more detail...

    http://www.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/2016/USA/Les-Paul-Studio-Swamp-Ash.aspx

    I love the look of this guitar and would really like to hear an A-B comparison with a similarly equipped mahogany body & neck /maple top Lester.

    I suspect that the *main* factors will be the presence of the 490/498 buckers, the usual Gibson 4-pot setup and the standard bridge/tailpiece metalwork, along with the shorter-scale glued-in neck, rather than the change to maple neck and swamp ash body.

    ... by which I mean that I expect it to be a variation on Les Paul tone, not a Lestercaster!

    :D
     
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  9. Herr Dalbergia

    Herr Dalbergia Senior Member

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    Funny, I also had a NGD the day befor yesterday, but a used one.
    Also a Gibson Les Paul Studio Swamp Ash, but from th very first run from 2003.

    These are constructed quite different, with a Mahagoni Neck and a thick Enony Fretborad, no Position markers.

    I just took her completly apart, ordered some missing original spare Parts and i am about to get her in original condition again.

    The one I got is unbelievable loud, fast, twangy and has an incredible sustain when played unplugged.

    For sure she is missing some of the warmth and soft thick Mahagoni sound. I would say she is very much suited for hard fast aggressive distorted sounds. More metal than blues....

    Cheers, Alex
     
  10. musicmaniac

    musicmaniac Senior Member

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    Looks like a rocker to me, congrats!
     
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    bwillard Senior Member

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    Congratulations!!! Be careful, however. That Swamp Ash is a SOFT wood.
     
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  12. ACEit

    ACEit Senior Member

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    it's umbelievable...
    something that seems made by IKEA... but awesome nevertheless...
    happy NGD

    :dude:
     
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  13. Dave_W

    Dave_W Senior Member

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    Swamp ash is harder than any of the true mahoganies, and almost as hard as hard maple. No need to be careful.
     
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    I've got an SG Voodoo made out of swamp ash. If you bump it into ANYTHING it will gouge the wood. It has two HUGE gouge marks from hanging on a wall hanger. You can put an indentation in the wood with your fingernail. Unless I'm really losing it, swamp ash is pretty soft.
     
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    It was hanging by the neck? The SG Voodoos had mahogany necks.

    If the body is that soft, then it probably isn't swamp ash, no matter what Gibson's specs said. Could be one of the softer ash species.

    http://www.bellforestproducts.com/info/janka-hardness/
     
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    endial Senior Member

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    Did some research. Turns out "Swamp ash" is softer and lighter than the ash we normally associate with, as in baseball bats, and has terrific tonal qualities.
     
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    Dave_W Senior Member

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    Did you see the link I posted above? The Janka hardness test is the industry standard for surface hardness. Swamp ash is lighter than the northern white ash used for baseball bats but it's not softer.

    Got a link to your research that says otherwise?
     
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  18. GibsonKramer

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    Wow! Congrats.

    That is a gorgeous guitar. I like the specs on it. Would love to hear the 490/498 in that body.
     
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    endial Senior Member

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    Perfectly familiar with the Janka, and I agree often with its' results. One of what I'd read was a (long) luthier forum page with many various stories and names (of what actually is or isn't "swamp" ash) and .... oh, the heck with it...here: http://www.luthiertalk.com/threads/swamp-ash-what-is-it-really.650/ ...have a ball.

    More:
    From Midwest Hardwood Corporation website-
    "Scientific Name:Fraxinus Americana

    Common Names:White Ash, Green Ash, Brown Ash, Tough Ash, Swamp Ash

    Market Availability:Usually plentiful in 4/4 – 8/4 thickness

    Common Uses:Flooring, furniture, cabinets, handles, baseball bats, mouldings

    Regional Differences:Ash from northern regions will have a higher heartwood content than Appalachian or Southern Ash. Swamp Ash from far Southern states may be too soft in texture for furniture or flooring. However, Swamp Ash weighing less than 2.8 lbs per board foot is in high demand for guitar stock."
     
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  20. Mockbel

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    I was about to buy one a couple of years ago but it was too much "used" to me so I passed on... yours is just mint... looks stunning !

    Congratulations
     
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