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#2
I dont think either are "better" they both have different tonal qualitys, it depends what your looking for (i maybe wrong)
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#3
no, you're right
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#4
all depends on the sound you're looking for. vai's models are made from basswood and the most expensive gibson's are made out of mahogany. none is essentially better although basswood does take a lot of bashing especially from metal guitarists who prefer mahogany since EMG's (which many metal guitars use or recommend) don't sound very good in basswood and kick ass in mahogany.
#5
Alright, for example the Ibanez ICX220 Iceman is basswood, and the IC400 is mahogony, the IC400 is about $200 more so I was wondering if besides better electronics, the wood was better.
#6
Mahogany has lots of low-end, while Basswood sounds more even...it's got a good midrange. They're both very 'professional sounding' woods (unlike Agathis).

The thing about mahogany is, it can sometimes get so fat it'll lose definition and sound muddy (ie Gibson Les Paul). Basswood sounds clearer, IMO.
#7
Isn't it so that lead guitarists have basswood or alder guitars to cut through while rythm guitarists like the fat mahogony tone? I personnaly prefer mahogony

Basswood is cheaper than mahogony though..
#8
my epi is mahigany. its may favourite wood. i liek it much mroe than basswood. the mahogany jsut feels so much warmer and juicier. By the way, if mahogany comes from a mahogany tre, does basswood come from a..basswood tree?
#9
i have a basswood guitar and it sound great even not pluged in,ive hered that if a guitar sound sweet when its not plugged in you know your gonna have great tone.
#10
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my epi is mahigany. its may favourite wood. i liek it much mroe than basswood. the mahogany jsut feels so much warmer and juicier. By the way, if mahogany comes from a mahogany tre, does basswood come from a..basswood tree?


Liek no it fcomes from a liem trie (where limes grow of course omfgroflmao!)
And everyone liek knws taht basses are made of liek basswood!

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If they were real, I'm sorry....
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#11
they are real. i can spell perfectly, but i type and i don't double chek, so sometimes even i can;t decipher what i wrote
#12
basswood is a good midrange tonewood but it tends to get muddy, i dont think it gets muddy though as my dean is basswood and it is very versitile, basswood doesnt have a nice color or grain as it sometimes has nasty green spots in it so most basswood guitars have solid color finishes, basswood is also pretty soft so it needs a hard finish

mahogany is more of a bassy tonewood and it is usually paired with a maple top to even that out (maple is hard and trebly), it usually has a thicker or fatter sound and there are different kinds of mahogany: honduran, african, and some cheaper asian mahogany supposedly, it is a medium hardness and can be used for necks too, sounds good with EMG's
#13
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all depends on the sound you're looking for. vai's models are made from basswood and the most expensive gibson's are made out of mahogany. none is essentially better although basswood does take a lot of bashing especially from metal guitarists who prefer mahogany since EMG's (which many metal guitars use or recommend) don't sound very good in basswood and kick ass in mahogany.


vai's higher end guitar which he uses are made of alder

mahogany can get muddy so you need clearer pickups, and is a very warm instrument

it is often used for rhythm but i like it for leads to get a fat, round sound
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vai's higher end guitar which he uses are made of alder


Isn't the JEM, his primary genus of guitars, made of Basswood?
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Isn't the JEM, his primary genus of guitars, made of Basswood?


Most JEM models are made of basswood.

But his main axe Evo which is a JEM77WH I think - is made from alder.
#16
i prefer mahogany but some other wood like an RG Prestige Wizard neck or Carvins, Jacksons wouldnt keep me from buying it.
#18
basswood is meh

It's very soft and dents very easily. It's probably the softest and weakest of all the tonewoods.

But the softness mellows out the extreme highs and lows so it gives a boost to the mid frequencies.
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Most JEM models are made of basswood.

But his main axe Evo which is a JEM77WH I think - is made from alder.

Exactly
#20
Since your question has already been answered a million and a half times, I'm going to share a little you all; Its pronouced bass, like the fish, when its basswood.
#21
Mahogany Pwns basswood. but then again im a rhythm guitarists. and if i was lead i would play with alder so i think basswood aint that great
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Since your question has already been answered a million and a half times, I'm going to share a little you all; Its pronouced bass, like the fish, when its basswood.

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#23
Basswood can be quite good. My WI14 is made of basswood and I don't have a problem with the sound. It's actually a nice sounding guitar. Especially for $150.

As for mahogany, it is also quite good, but as others have said, it's a bi darker sounding than basswood.

It's preference, really. It just depends on what you're looking for soundwise.
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#24
I'm not the biggest fan of mahogany.

I would like it if I was a lead guitarist because it makes the high notes sound thick and rich but the low strings get so muddy.

I mean I had a gibson sg and like chords had no clarity. When playing single notes it sounded great but like if I strummed a G Chord it would sound like just one sound instead of hearing all the strings ring like on my strat.

Basically mahogany is just too muddy for most styles of music imo especially when playing clean because of the lack of clarity.
#27
ok, the maho gives it a warm mellow tone which can be thick and creamy if your settings are right, which makes it awesome for metal. It also has a sweet sustain. So the IC400 should be perfect for metal, because its made of maho and the tone kicks ass.

Basswood is considered a 'low-end wood' along with agathis(is this even a kind of wood?) and plywood. It is 'bassy' and its pretty light, it is pretty boomy on its bass so it's rather uneven. So the ICX should be for rhythm playing or just..booming..
#30
Gotta agree compared to my basswood my mahog sounds better when playing high notes but the lower notes sound very muddy and when played in a chord sounds really ****ty clean...you need to have heavy distortion, light distortion still wont do it unlike my basswood ibanez light distortion does the trick.

But the mahogany does sound better in solos and heavy stuff, just not soo good when playing some stuff in clean or light distortion :|
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#32
I always pronounced it base-wood


bass wood sounds retarded now lol
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#33
has anyone heard of john petrucci? his guitar is basswood, and he has the nicest lead tone i have ever heard, so creamy and mellow.

mahogany muddies everything up. i like basswood.
#34
mahogany

better tone better sustain
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#35
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has anyone heard of john petrucci? his guitar is basswood, and he has the nicest lead tone i have ever heard, so creamy and mellow.

mahogany muddies everything up. i like basswood.


Jon petrucci also has so much rack equipment that you could plug a log with pickups into his rig and it would sound orgasmic.
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#36
Basswood is very versitile, it has a good balance of highs and lows. Mahogany is more diffinitive. If you are playing metal, with heavily distorted powerchords and whatnot, mahogany would probably be better for you. It gives a fat, full sound for that kind of stuff.

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#37
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Jon petrucci also has so much rack equipment that you could plug a log with pickups into his rig and it would sound orgasmic.

indeed, but i'm just talking about his guitar plugged straight into an amp. i had the chance to try it and it was amazing even though i'm left handed. it was fun messing with the piezo also.

his guitar has more to do with his tone than most people give it credit for
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indeed, but i'm just talking about his guitar plugged straight into an amp. i had the chance to try it and it was amazing even though i'm left handed. it was fun messing with the piezo also.

his guitar has more to do with his tone than most people give it credit for


woah,
Like did you try HIS or did you try a signature?

I didn't know ti came with piezo's
thats sick!
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#39
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woah,
Like did you try HIS or did you try a signature?

I didn't know ti came with piezo's
thats sick!


nah, i tried his signature. it was the red one. don't know the exact name though.

the piezo is an option on the guitar, and i gotta say, i'm getting one. they are so pimpin.
#40
Quote by Johnljones7443
Most JEM models are made of basswood.

But his main axe Evo which is a JEM77WH I think - is made from alder.


Evo is a JEM 7V and it is indeed made out of Alder - I stand corrected.
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