Two identical strats, one alder rosewood, one ash … Quite similar were the results when I A/Bed some Jazz-bass copies (same shape, alder vs ash … Not muck of a difference. Re: swamp ash vs alder? I did a test at a few shows in the past and played guess that wood. Re: Alder vs. swamp ash (Tele/Strat) « Reply #12 on: January 30, 2012, 02:36:58 AM » Try to strum a chord, unplugged, and then, when the chord rings, place the body of the guitar against a … Telecaster: ASH-vs-ALDER. Joined Jan 10, 2012 Messages 82 Reaction score 19. Alder is a bit rounder, better low end, rounder mids. The ash will give you better weight relief generally, ash is a bit more sparkle in the upper register. Thread starter ThePinkEraser; Start date Jun 27, 2012; T. ThePinkEraser Member. I once A/Bed a Swamp Ash Strat vs an Alder Strat (both from Swing) and the alder one was considerably more "musical" I guess I could call it whereas the Swamp Ash one had a much badder attack and bite. Oh yeah, deff. Jun 27, 2012 #1 What's the real tone difference between the two? I've heard some say that ash tele's are just far too bright and that alder tele…