#1
This is for demonstrative purposes. Give me every difference you can think of between guitar bodies made of basswood and alder.
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Basswood is lighter,less durable,and has a different tone than alder.By less durable I mean it seems to dent and what not easier than Alder.

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^If your talking about ibanez, they use thin paint.

Alder is known tone wise to be somewhere between mahogany and basswood. Basswood is also lighter
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Basswood is lighter,less durable,and has a different tone than alder.By less durable I mean it seems to dent and what not easier than Alder.



Ummm no its not really my basswood RG is pretty damn heavy.
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^If your talking about ibanez, they use thin paint.

Alder is known tone wise to be somewhere between mahogany and basswood. Basswood is also lighter


Nope,I meant in general.In my experiences with both woods the Basswood bodies seem to dent and ding easier.Not sure if it's an actual fact,more of an observation.


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Ummm no its not really my basswood RG is pretty damn heavy.


Yep,it is lighter than a sample of Mahogany or Alder of the same size in my experiences.If you think an RG is heavy then you should try a Warlock or LP,those things weigh a ton,or god forbid you throw a razorback around your shoulders .

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#6
What he said.

Alder is more bright, and is most commonly used in strats among other guitars. It's the heavier of the two and sounds more bright.

Basswood has a more "sweet" tone so to speak. It's got more mids than alder (or most other guitars for that matter) so it's more fit for solo-genres (shred, blues)
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^If your talking about ibanez, they use thin paint.

Alder is known tone wise to be somewhere between mahogany and basswood. Basswood is also lighter


someone correct me if i'm wrong but isn't basswood in between mahogany and alder? mahogany being darker toned and alder being brighter tone??
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someone correct me if i'm wrong but isn't basswood in between mahogany and alder? mahogany being darker toned and alder being brighter tone??


Exactly its basically like a mix of the two.

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Nope,I meant in general.In my experiences with both woods the Basswood bodies seem to dent and ding easier.Not sure if it's an actual fact,more of an observation.


Yep,it is lighter than a sample of Mahogany or Alder of the same size in my experiences.If you think an RG is heavy then you should try a Warlock or LP,those things weigh a ton,or god forbid you throw a razorback around your shoulders .


No I just meant its alot heavier than the alder jacksons ive played at the shop
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someone correct me if i'm wrong but isn't basswood in between mahogany and alder? mahogany being darker toned and alder being brighter tone??

That's what everyone says it is. But my RG is brighter than my strat, and my SG is the darkest of the bunch, you can even hear it acoustically
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No I just meant its alot heavier than the alder jacksons ive played at the shop



It depends on a lot of things,like body size,density and quality of the two woods,and so on,but in general basswood is the lighter of the two.IIRC,RG bodies have more wood than say a Jackson Dinky body,which might be why it feels heavier.I have an Ibanez Radius that's ridiculously light,and it's a basswood model.

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It depends on a lot of things,like body size,density and quality of the two woods,and so on,but in general basswood is the lighter of the two.IIRC,RG bodies have more wood than say a Jackson Dinky body,which might be why it feels heavier.I have an Ibanez Radius that's ridiculously light,and it's a basswood model.


That makes sense cant believe i didnt think of that at first
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That makes sense cant believe i didnt think of that at first



Yeah,damn variables hahah.

A good example is an SG compared to an LP.Both are made of mahogany but one is pretty light and the other could crush a toddler.Body size,hardware,neck variables,and so on have a lot to do with a guitars weight.If you took two equal sized samples of Basswood and Alder and weighed them I can almost guarantee that the Alder will weigh more.

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#14
Basswood is not lighter than Alder, I was annoyed at how light one of my friends Strats was compared to my strat ripoff.
#15
Isnt basswood really transparent tone wise? I think i read somewhere that the tone from a basswood guitar can change dramatically with just a pickup swap.
I dont know it its true or not though??