just goes to prove that sometimes these little biases we have ("i'll only buy guitars with a maple top because of the tone!", etc. whatever) are pretty much meaningless when you pick up a guitar that you'll end up liking.
i used to *hate* basswood and i disliked rosewood fingerboards, didn't like metallic finishes on guitars, and was appalled by matte black hardware... but look at my current favorite axe that i own... an RG7620... it has a metallic finish, black hardware; its made of basswood and has a rosewood fingerboard, and the only thing i don't like about the guitar is the fact that the trem is being a bit annoying lately (which is completely irrelevant to this thread). i fell in love with this axe at a little store in a small town and bought it as soon as i had the cash.
just try out the guitar (if you can) and judge it then. i like alder because i have experience with it on strats, which are pretty much my favorite guitars. the tone isn't too bright and cutting like swamp ash, but isn't as thick as mahogany. its a nice in-between, generally warm tone with nice sustain. the ebony fretboard should give it some nice high-end snap though, so keep that in mind. if you like strats in general, then you're an alder fan (unless you like the vintage swamp ash ones heheh).
just trust your heart, ears, and fingers on a guitar purchase, so good luck man, and i hope the VWH is for you