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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-18-2019, 03:38 PM Thread Starter
 
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RG550 Genesis White Linden or Basswood?

According to Thomann, the white RG550 has a Linden body compared to the red, desert yellow and black models which have Basswood.

Is that true and does it sound different than Basswood?
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-18-2019, 04:44 PM
 
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Re: RG550 Genesis White Linden or Basswood?

It's an error on Thomann's part, if you click on the product page for the white one it says it's basswood.
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It's an error on Thomann's part, if you click on the product page for the white one it says it's basswood.
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Re: RG550 Genesis White Linden or Basswood?

NGD soon?
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Re: RG550 Genesis White Linden or Basswood?

According to Wikipedia, linden and basswood are the European and American names for tilia.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tilia?wprov=sfti1
I wonder how many botanists play the guitar? They would be useful.
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According to Wikipedia, linden and basswood are the European and American names for tilia.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tilia?wprov=sfti1
I wonder how many botanists play the guitar? They would be useful.

good call though.
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Re: RG550 Genesis White Linden or Basswood?

Now, shall we debate the tone differences between the european and american species?

Lol, but i assume its all the same body wood for the 550 genesis'.
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Now, shall we debate the tone differences between the european and american species?

Lol, but i assume its all the same body wood for the 550 genesis'.
Oddly enough, Ibanez does label the body wood of some guitars as "basswood" and others as "American basswood." (The JEM/UV series.) These types of inconsistencies (or differences) are incredibly minor but still create uncertainty and doubt in the minds of guitarists. I think it is best to avoid this, whenever possible, for everybody's sake.
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RG550 DY incoming 😀
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RG550 DY incoming 😀
Congrats!! I have one in RFR and it it pure joy to play. Fret ends needed dressing and the trem arm socket needed tightening but after that was done, it is a first class instrument all the way!! Enjoy!
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Congrats!! I have one in RFR and it it pure joy to play. Fret ends needed dressing and the trem arm socket needed tightening but after that was done, it is a first class instrument all the way!! Enjoy!
Thanks man, but what is wrong with the fret edges?
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Re: RG550 Genesis White Linden or Basswood?

There actually are characteristic differences between European Linden and American Basswood even though they're from the same family. In my experience (I've built two "superstrat" mutts using Linden bodies) I find Linden to be a bit heavier and harder/more dense than Basswood, although still on the light side (both of my strat builds weigh in at just under 7 lbs with maple necks). It has a response/resonance that's closer to a light weight Alder or Poplar...not necessarily a bad thing, but different from Basswood (I'm splitting hairs here...this is subtle yet significant to some).
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There actually are characteristic differences between European Linden and American Basswood even though they're from the same family. In my experience (I've built two "superstrat" mutts using Linden bodies) I find Linden to be a bit heavier and harder/more dense than Basswood, although still on the light side (both of my strat builds weigh in at just under 7 lbs with maple necks). It has a response/resonance that's closer to a light weight Alder or Poplar...not necessarily a bad thing, but different from Basswood (I'm splitting hairs here...this is subtle yet significant to some).
I bet most people wouldn't hear the difference between alder and basswood
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Thanks man, but what is wrong with the fret edges?
It is like they were never dressed from the factory and then it slipped by Sweetwater. Sweetwater made good though and paid for my local guy to take care of it. First Class all the way! I adore the guitar! I have a set of Evolutions that I will likely drop in next string change. I like the stock pickups...almost. We will see.
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Re: RG550 Genesis White Linden or Basswood?

Another PSA

Nothing with a maple fretboard receives any fret end treatment at all except the roasted necks on the AZ's which receive very minimal treatment. I don't include this at Bronze level but have an add on that does for an upcharge, at Silver level of course they're extensively done because that level includes all the major fretwork, fret level, stripping all the clearcoat off the frets, doing the fret ends, then machine polish to mirror, which is lost on the crown at play testing because steel always wins that battle.

Sweetwater or any other dealer does not include it either unless it's an upcharge add on.
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