Re: Why is Basswood considered low end wood when it is on great ibanez guitars???
Basswood is soft and plentiful. It's mostly considered low-end because it's used mainly in cheaper guitars. Very few high-end builders use it, if at all. Tom Anderson, for instance.
It's softness makes it easy to cut, which causes less wear on the machines, therefore it's cost effective for large scale guitar manufacturing. It dings easily, and doesn't really have much of a strong tonality(which is good for high gain, where your amp and pickups are doing at least 75% of the work).
You're telling me you don't hear a difference? I hear a difference between my RGs, my S, and my Schecter C7(mahogany). Neither is better than the other, but they don't sound the same. I actually prefer Basswood's tone, because it doesn't have that 'slur' in the bass mahogany does.