Re: Alder VS Basswood bodies
Cheap basswood is inexpensive, good basswood is not. It's only 'cheap' here in the United States compared to many other woods because it's native to North America.
And Rich has a very good point, if its only appeal is that it's cheap, I really doubt so many very well financed guitar players would use it.
Hell, most players with endorsements get them for FREE, so yes, they could choose to have all their guitars made from the most exotic woods available, but many of them do choose basswood, for sonic reasons mainly . . . weight as well . . . and I'm sure other, good reasons.
Let's not forget, Steve Vai and Joe Satch both chose basswood for their original signature guitars. Steve later switched to alder for the Jem, but his original choice was basswood. I think the change to alder had as much to do with the new pickups as anything else.
Last edited by MicJustMic; 06-18-2006 at 08:51 PM.