Re: Why is Basswood considered low end wood when it is on great ibanez guitars???
Wow, it amazes me how guitar players cannot wrap their heads around this topic. Wood make a huge difference in tone, even on an electric solidbody. Basswood is a dead sounding wood. Not all Basswood is equal. The Asian stuff is really soft and every Asian guitar using it I've found to be dead sounding.
I've built many guitars out of many woods. The "mystique" is not that mysterious. Sometimes a really good peice of ash for instance will sound like crap and another will sound great. However 95% of the time I know what sound I will get using various woods.
Those of you who are talking about Steve Vai and Paul Gilbert - guys, for one TURN THE GAIN DOWN. With the insance amounts of gain and electronics these guys use you are correct - you probably are not hearing much of the wood. Also, you could string up a broom handle and these guys would make it sound good. They are not average players. They are exceptional musicians and I bet if I built them a cigar box guitar they'd blow away me on the fanciest Martin.
Anyway, wood totally matter if you turn the gain down and actually listen to the guitar. If you are going to use that fuzz fuzz Ibanez/5150/DS1 gain-o-rama then nope - you wont hear any wood anyway.
Plus as someone already mentianed the Ibanez guitars and all the other Korean models are coated in such a thick goopy plastic like paint it would be a waste to use good wood under it.
To say its all a myth is just aas ignorant as those who buy vintage guitars for the mojo. Buy the guitar not the hype and realize your purpose. If you are boosting your signal to the point Steve Vai or Gilbert does then talking wood is pointless. You are now playing electronica. Unfortunately the ungifted copy these guys and take the gain even further to mask their crappy technique. This is why the 5150 smps became popular. No dynamics. YOu can pick soft, hard - whatever the amp compresses the crap out of everything and you can slop away all night long with the same bass chunk fuzz fuzz. Personally that tires me out after about a song. I'd rather hear dynamics. Malmsteen for instance may be a total ****er but he has dynamics and you can hear the guitars tone. Uli Jon Roth is a master of dynamics. Notice those two still sound great with much MUCH less gain.
TURN THE GAIN DOWN if you are going to argue wood.