#1
I've been looking at these for a minute and I've thought about getting one. The only problem is, I've heard people complain about the fact it's made out of basswood and therefore, not very durable. Is this truth or an exaggeration?
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#2
I would worry more about whether basswood is right for the sound you're looking for. Yes, it's more likely to get dents but I have a RGD 2120z which has no significant dents. Granted I'm no axe thrower but wear and tear is a fact of life.
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#3
Basswood is great. I don't understand the hate - honestly. From what I've seen they wear just as another wood would.
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#4
No, I'm the same. If I was limited to one guitar I would probably choose basswood since it's so balanced and transparent. Not to mention, I feel like finish might have a stronger impact on durability.
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Last edited by Emperor's Child at Oct 9, 2014,
#5
Ibanez finishes are rock hard, the softness of basswood wouldn't be an issue. I have exactly one dent in my RG7321 in the 6 years I've had it now. I much prefer the sound of mahogany, but I know Misha Mansoor likes basswood because it's balanced and has a lot of presence.
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#6
Agreed. Basswood's softness won't be an issue man. I have used plenty of basswood guitars during my time as a guitarist (RGs, JSs, JEMs...) and they all hold up fine. Again, granted, I don't throw my guitars around the stage or my practice space, but the finishes overtop will definitely help hold it up.
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#7
I'm the kind of guy that tries to avoid dings at all costs. I don't even let toddlers in my room which is where I have them. I'm looking for a more balanced sound, so I guess basswood isn't that bad of an option then?
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#8
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I have used plenty of basswood guitars during my time as a guitarist (RGs, JSs, JEMs...).


Aren't JEMs typically made with alder bodies?
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#9
The original Ibanez 7s (RG7620/7621) are Basswood and so are most of the other RG models.

I'm more disappointed about the sharp edges which lose their finish pretty quickly when bumped or set down wrong.