Basswood is generally lighter but I've had heavier basswood bodies and that weigh about the same as some lighter alder bodies. Many Thanks in advance . Basswood will dent more easily and, usually, will produce a lighter instrument. If it's an Alder body, I will buy it. Curly Eastern Red Maple top of course. Feb 7, 2009 #6. amandolin. I've been accused of having freakishly good hearing and I think I can hear a difference between basswood and alder, but there are so man variables such as pickups, pots, cable used, shielding, nut material, exact bridge design. I'm curious as to how different they sound. Please help me. I was wondering what everyones opinion is on basswood vs. alder? In my experience, basswood basses have had less sustain than alder, but there was nothing at all scientific about my observation. nostrilshorts Strat-Talk Member. zeedoctour, Mar 11, 2020 #11. Please tell me this strat. Because of the wide variance in the quality grades of lumber used, it is difficult to make broad generalizations as to what is better. Messages: 5. I have nothing bad to say about basswood other than the grain is pretty nondescript for trans or natural finishes. body is an Alder or Basswood? ;-) B. badhorsie551 Member. I'd like to try a guitar body and neck made out of Spanish Cedar some day. Never Basswood, Alder or Ash though. JP6 - Basswood vs Alder PDN Hey guys, I'm the owner of a standard JP6 (ie Basswood body) and had my eyes on a 2015 PDN JP6 that has an alder body + maple fretboard. Feb 17, 2008 Da Shaw. Feb 7, 2009 #5. mongo2. Is this a pound of Basswood vs a pound of Alder? Age: A high grade basswood will sound better than a low grade basswood and probably better than a low grade alder (even to my ears). Something to look forward to! Mar 16, 2008 Lancaster, PA. I have recently bought a 62 reissue MIJ strat body off of ebay that was listed incorrectly. 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