These marks add character and will provide a darker texture and color when finished. Rustic Wood Species. Alder (clear and knotty) – A popular species today because of its pronounced grain and uniform texture. Alder: full and rich, with fat low-end, nice cutting mids, and good overall warmth and sustain.Alder is generally considered to be one of the "traditional" Stratocaster body woods. If you're looking for a western or southwestern style door or if you want knots but don't want to choose Knotty Pine then Knotty Alder is the wood species you need. However, with the help of our vendors, and our in-house custom manufacturing shop, virtually any door is possible. Knotty Alder. If it is not a customer’s intention to create one of those types of styles, then knotty alder should be avoided. Ash: exhibits a "snappier" tone with a bright edge, but with a warm bass and long sustain. Alder & Pine Doors. Knotty Alder gives you a light brown base tone making it browner in appearance than knotty pine and is also a harder wood. Only a small sampling of interior doors is shown within these pages. Alder wood is a popular choice for kitchen cabinets because it is strong and affordable, but making the choice to use knotty alder can be used to complete a farmhouse or ranch style. It is often considered as the other "traditional" Stratocaster body wood. This versatile wood species features a fairly straight grain with areas of burl clusters and small knots.