I don't want to get into a wood debate, but basswood is midrange heavy. It is too soft for a deep low end or tight bright "mapley" highs. The JS
combines that with a thin vintage strat fretboard, rather than a thicker one like the RG. So the fact that it's rosewood is less apparent, and the neck is more "solid maple" sounding. That enhances the upper midrange brightness as the rosewood doesn't strike down as many overtones. But most of the midrange honk is from that Fred. It's very alive in the mids, with lots of dynamic expression there, rather than in the highs or lows. I found I don't get as much variance in the highs when altering my pick attack with a Fred. Its not that it's weak on highs, just that most of the expression is in the mids.
I believe the no-scarf straight headstock helps the midrange, too, because I think the headstock is more sympathetic to the mid vibrations that way. Incidentally, they do a good job leaving enough wood around the nut area. If you only have RG's (whatever wood they're made out of) you can't go wrong with a JS
. Plus you get the 22 fret neck pickup location, essential to a more traditional sounding neck pickup tone. If you don't like the midranginess, the JS
/Radius body will respond well to pickup changes. It's very cooperative. I have about 15 "R" shaped guitars with every different combo possible in them and they're all winners.
Feel free to dismiss this as a long winded, waste of time rant, by the way