Ash is not a fragile wood, don't know why BH doesn't have a lion's claw. *The LC is purely cosmetic, the routes on RGs are just as deep.
For what i Know "Bad Horsie" is simply a Jem7vwh with the finish stripped off...
Me too... As far as I know, "Bad Horsie" has a basswood body. *
BH is ash, a VWH is alder. *Don't know what variety of ash BH is. *
I really like ash guitars, I have an Ash ESP that I really like and I have an ash Robin on the way. *Basswood is a very fragile wood for guitars, it's very soft. *That's why they ding so easy, it's also one of the reasons that they all have the threaded inserts for the trems instead of the old style OFR wood screw type. *I guess
SSV used to rip the wood screws out of his old green meanie Charvel, which is basswood. *That's probably his complaint about being able to break OFRs. *In ash or alder they probably wouldn't have ripped out. *
Basswood has a "soft" darker sound, ash is brighter with better sustain. *Alder is somewhere in the middle. *My BFP is heavier than a DBK, interesting, don't know if the wood had a higher water content when they made the BFP or if it is a different variety of basswood. *I think it, the BFP, sounds better, except for the pups, Breeds rule. *They also used to advertise the the JEMs were made from American Basswood, they have dropped the American part of the wood descriptions on the new ones. *So, it is probably a different type of basswood.