#1
Basswood or alder? A friend of mine was asking, and I thought I'd ask you guys.
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#2
opinion
it would be best to name a few bands or tones you like to help here; it also depends on alot of factors like pickups etc.
Personally i find basswood to do very little for the tone so alder for me
#3
I know he's really heavily into David Shankle, thanks to me Tony Smotherman, Paul Gilbert, Steve Vai, a couple others. He's mainly really into David Shankle, though. That's his main inspiration.
MOMMY MAD 'CAUSE I MADE A BOOM ON THE RUG

Gretsch G5120 >>> ProCo Rat >>> Fender Bassman 4x10