Electric Guitars Will Soon Sound Different, Thanks to Climate Change
A shortage of swamp ash means manufacturers must turn to new woods.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Don Felder, Fender guitar detail, performs in 2019 in Thousand Oaks, California.
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Rock-and-roll musicians are lamenting a recent announcement from Fender. Due to prolonged flooding along the Mississippi River and the spread of the emerald ash borer, there is a shortage of swamp ash wood, a favorite material used in the construction of electric guitars and basses.