I just got off the phone with G&L in California. The technician I spoke to (didn't divulge his name) states that the wood species on the solid color Tributes is absolutely NOT ash, but is basswood. Despite the statement on the retailers website, they are basswood. The neck pickup is an Indonesian made "version" of a Seth Lover. This is a commodity part. The bridge pickup is a G&L pickup produced in their Indonesian factory for local use, made to their own specs. Still looks awesome, sounds spectacular. Doesn't change a thing. These are fantastic instruments for the money.