Okay, before anyone get's upset, I tried the search feature here but it just kept taking me back to the same original list of topics which didn't address my question. So if this has already been belabored to death here (and I'm thinking it might've been), I apologize. I'm new to JEM's and currently am in the beginning stages of looking to buy my first one. I'd also like to add that this site is by far the best source of information that I've found on the subject. So why did Steve and/or Ibanez make some of their bodies in Basswood in the beginning, then go to Alder and now I see that they're going back to Basswood again? What's the deal? Is it a struggle between weight and tone or what? Thanks for you time and patience with a newbie.