Basswood or Alder?

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  1. nostrilshorts

    nostrilshorts Strat-Talk Member

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    Hey folks, I'm thinking my guitar body may be basswood but was looking for confirmation if anyone with more knowledge could enlighten me. Cheers.
     

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    mad axe man Senior Stratmaster

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    basswood for $300 alex
     
  3. 3bolt79

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    Well, seeing that is Japanese you should probably shout out to @Guitarmageddon .
     
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    Larry K. Willia Strat-Talk Member

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    Most Japan Fender are made from basswood. Not all, but most.
     
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    stratmatt777 Strat-O-Master

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    FUN FACT: After trying various wood types for his signature guitar, Joe Satriani settled on Basswood because the of the bass response (that's not a joke, in spite of the wordplay).
     
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    sounds amazing to me so I'm pretty happy with it.
     
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    Beautiful intense sunburst
     
  9. americanstrat98

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    I played some basswood strats recently , and really enjoyed the sounds I was getting. Love the styling of yours. Bet it sounds sweet.
     
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    zeedoctour Strat-Talker

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    Basswood seems to generally be held in low esteem by those who lurk the internet sniffing corks, but who lack any real knowledge outside of opinion and legend. I have to say that my basswood partscaster has very very nice acoustic/resonant qualities ... sounds great through an amp ... and weighs under 7 pounds. Having made guitars from alder, ash, maple, basswood and paulownia ... I have nothing bad to say about basswood other than the grain is pretty nondescript for trans or natural finishes.

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    It sounds amazing, it has Lindy Fralin real 54 pickups. Only have it a week but delighted with it. It's immaculate and came with a hardcase also for €660 so I can't complain.
     
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    that's a beautiful guitar! Basswood bodies tend to be more consistent in weight too.

    John Petrucci used basswood exclusively for decades. Many Ibanez people as well.
     
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    That's a sweet looking guitar. The only thing I'd have against the basswood is the grain but as you say, it's only noticeable on an opaque finish.
     
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    I have a Squier VM 70's Strat and it's Basswood.
    It sounds fabulous like a Strat should.
    I couldn't imagine it being any more " Stratty ".
    But alder is ok as Well, I guess. Lol

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    Oh yeah ... I have a roasted alder partscaster that sounds absolutely nuts good. Like Knopfler on steroids.

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    Alder. That said, I have a great ESP - LTD 'basswood' that was made in Korea.
     
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    Hey!! Here's an idea.. Since the wood's so dad-gum important, just string it up and listen. if it sounds like BassWood, it's probably Basswood.. and if it sounds like Alder, it's probably Alder...

    Was that easy or what?? :D

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    Basswood was used on some budget guitars, and somehow the internet blames the wood. It's fine, really, just not the same. Not exactly. It's a little softer, a little lighter. Theoretically it dampens treble more than harder woods do, which will make the bass more prominent. Whether you can hear a difference that subtle, or merely imagine it, is another matter.

    Leo's first choice was walnut that happened to be full of termites. Many expensive returns and one big bonfire later. ... His second choice was pine, but it kept getting dings and dents before customers even buy it. So he switched to ash. Couldn't get ash in bulk at reasonable prices, so he switched to alder. He tried a few other things too, including mahogany. Later fmic tried basswood, among other things.