#1
hey whats the best wood for metal and why is it better compared to others. thanks
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Mahogany

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alder or ash can be good too.

it depends what you mean by metal, what pickups are in the guitar, what amp you have, etc. etc.
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#5
it depends as dave said just make sure its not chitty wood like plywood haha. mahogany, alder, and basswood are all commonly used tho.
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#6
It's all subjective. It depends on your desired tone, your amp, your pickups and your style.

Alder, mahogany, ash, bass. In a very particular order...

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#7
Mahogany or Alder
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#11
mahogany, but you see alder a lot, especially in guitars more suited for playing lead.
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just wondering, i have no experience with different woods so say a midrange guitar (about $400) with passive EMG's has basswood, would it be worth paying 50$ more for the same guitar in mahogany with lower end pickups or would it make a huge difference.
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#13
I like mahogany and alder equally. I think that mahogany with a maple top is up there though, it can deliver really low sounding tunes with really bright sounding tunes.
#14
Korina. not a common wood. think mahagony with lighter weight, sweet looking grain, and a touch more highs.
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#15
I'll second the Korina actually, it has some very unique and beautiful traits to it.
#16
Korina is great for metal requiring some added mids. I wouldn't say it has more highs than mahogany, then it'd be getting very similar to koa and basswood. Korina is very similar to mahogany, except it's got a stronger mid range. Black limba, as opposed to white limba, looks great on clear guitars. White limba is pretty ugly, and is often covered in solid color paint.

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#17
i have heard that basswood is more for shred then metal because it has high mids or something?
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#18
Alder is more for shred because it's a brighter wood with balanced mids, lows and highs. Basswood is more warmer than alder, but still has a pretty strong midrange. I personally dislike basswood for shred, as alder is a better alternative for a good shred tone because of the balanced properties of the wood.
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algee is always right..
basswood is good for that crappy sounding shred, with no articulation. alder>


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Alder is more for shred because it's a brighter wood with balanced mids, lows and highs. Basswood is more warmer than alder, but still has a pretty strong midrange. I personally dislike basswood for shred, as alder is a better alternative for a good shred tone because of the balanced properties of the wood.


yeah. I guess it depends what you mean by shred- for melodic satch/vai/gilbert type shred, basswood is good.

For more trebly, metal-based shred, then yeah, alder is probably better.

at the end of the day, as you've already said, it really depends what you're after.

60% of the threads on here say something like "what guitar/amp for metal?", forgetting that led zeppelin or black sabbath are technically metal, as are nile. you need pretty differing rigs for those types of metal, lol.
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#22
basswood is pretty light, I haven't tried korina, though, I don't think.

it depends on the piece of wood, though.
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#23
Basswood is the lightest, but alder isn't too far behind. Korina and mahogany are heavy, but korina isn't as heavy as mahogany.

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#24
Ah ic because i have a Mohagany Explorer, and we know how big those are, and its heavy as a mother.