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ok! im thinkking of buying a new guitar. particularly a new ibanez rg3xx. iv been wondering if what is the difference between a mahogany body from basswood? what sounds do they create and for what style? i play mostly metal, progressive and hard rock..

secondly, i heard that edge III isnt that good.. is it better or worse than ILT1 bridge?
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Edge III>ILT1 but both arent that great either. If you play much rock, metal/heavy metal stuff then go for a mahogany, it gives darker character. If you're more into progressive/shred type music then basswood is your best bet, balanced tone.
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Mahogany would be the way to go IMO, but is it even offered on the lower end models?

Nope, just the RG321MH
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mmm Mahogany think any Gibson Les Paul users, warmth and Basswood i believe its a mix between the highs and lows and accentuates the mids or Mad could post that pic of the wood choices from the ESP Custom Shop pages that show the wood you can use and the details on them
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Mahoghany is a heavy wood that carries deep tones, bass wood is lighter and has a somewhat brighter more resonant tone, generally mahoghany is considered higher end, but it's really just preference, Van Halens signature guitar, which is like $2,000 is made od basswood.
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Mahoghany is a heavy wood that carries deep tones, bass wood is lighter and has a somewhat brighter more resonant tone, generally mahoghany is considered higher end, but it's really just preference, Van Halens signature guitar, which is like $2,000 is made od basswood.


So are Joe Satriani's, a couple Steve Vai models and Paul Gilbert. Basswood is pretty popular for shred guitars. Balanced tone with emphasis on mids.
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So are Joe Satriani's, a couple Steve Vai models and Paul Gilbert. Basswood is pretty popular for shred guitars. Balanced tone with emphasis on mids.

Vai rarely use Basswood anymore as now his main rig the JEM7VWH, particularly "evo" and "flo". His basswood guitars (used rarely) were long overdue, they were all his JEMs and UVs back from 1987 -> now.
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mmm Mahogany think any Gibson Les Paul users, warmth and Basswood i believe its a mix between the highs and lows and accentuates the mids or Mad could post that pic of the wood choices from the ESP Custom Shop pages that show the wood you can use and the details on them

Though to be fair an rg wont sound like a gibson les paul...
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Vai rarely use Basswood anymore as now his main rig the JEM7VWH, particularly "evo" and "flo". His basswood guitars (used rarely) were long overdue, they were all his JEMs and UVs back from 1987 -> now.


Ah, I didn't know that. I was just going by the fact that 2 of the 3 Steve Vai sig models currently being produced are made of basswood.
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I hope you get help soon. Wood is not just wood when it comes to guitars.

Like said above, if you're into shred, get basswood. If you're into the thicker tone get mahogany.
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^Evo is alder. I'm pretty sure Flo is a modified 77FP, which would mean it's american basswood.
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mmm Mahogany think any Gibson Les Paul users, warmth and Basswood i believe its a mix between the highs and lows and accentuates the mids or Mad could post that pic of the wood choices from the ESP Custom Shop pages that show the wood you can use and the details on them

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Basically, mahogany is much more common in guitars, and therefore has higher street credit, and is used because it sounds better. Basswood is less commonly used, because the sound/ wood quality isn't as good.
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Despite of the cracked neck joint on the evo, i could still see Vai uses them quite a lot of times (probably he had them repaired but, im not sure) in his live concerts. Either that, or the "flo"
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Basically, mahogany is much more common in guitars, and therefore has higher street credit, and is used because it sounds better. Basswood is less commonly used, because the sound/ wood quality isn't as good.

That is totally 100% wrong. Woods are highly preference, these arent no plywood agathis, these are real character woods. Varying from companies that made 'em, applies to the woods they chose. For example, ESP commonly use Mahogany for they jawdropping guitars used for metal n stuff, Ibanez had Basswood as their "trademark" as tons of shredding artists have them as their gear, Fender concentrates much on alder-made guitar as its brighter and used for country music to all sorts of things.
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