I disagree, differences can be heard between tone woods for clean, and not over the top distortion. Whilst being able to determine a specific wood blindfolded may be hard, you should be able to tell that there is a difference between them.
I never said they can't be heard, being recognized at the point of changing how a guitar sounds is nonsense and a waste of time.
NOBODY in the world listen to any cd thinking ...Oh this rosewood tone is awesome, this basswood is crap...etc so instead of wasting time about which wood a guitar has, they should INVEST time in practicing cause it doesn't matter what amazing wood(tone) they have if they can't play or make music, the majority of people who spend time about woods, pups, strings etc can't make music, I always ask them to hear their music to get what they're talking about BUT they never show me any, if you spent so many time about woods, pups and strings, you have to have anything recorded to show this amazing tone you got, if not, you're just blah blah blah
The only thing the audience listens is clean/distorted tone.
While listening to a cd even with differet guitars playing at the same time like distorted lead + 2 distorted rhythm + 2 cleans, NOBODY can tell which wood those guitars have so it's a waste of time cause even if they could, how an instrument sounds in a mix depends on how all other instruments sound.
So in the end, on an electric SOLID body guitar wood means nothing comparing to amps and pups unless you recorded an album about 10 clean guitars recorded to people try to listen to those wood differences but in a musical context, wood means nothing.