Yip. I know what I'm asking, and I know there's no real answer, but... here goes! I've done a few guitars through the years, mostly ash (I'm in Canada, so I guess Northern Ash), and a few from pine. I've thinking about my "dream" Tele build, the one I've been working up to and I've sold myself on "Alder this time!" because it's, well, it's the "Fender wood". Trouble is, I can't get alder where I am and I'd be left buying a piece online... which jacks up the price. I wanted to use not-Ash because ash is a) hard on tools and b) heavy. I like pine, but you can yell a dent into it and I'm hung up on tradition (or at least think I am). I've never really experienced basswood... but you can yell a dint into it and I'm hung up on tradition (or at least think I am). So, I recognize that on one hand I'm asking questions I can really only answer for myself, but on the other: is Alder going to be so good to justify the additional cost and hassle, and/or what woods have you used that you found to be Alder-like in terms of price, ease of use, and (importantly) sonics? Of note: this one would be painted, so grain and appearance of the timber aren't super important this time around. Disclaimer: I do believe different species of wood have distinct sonic characteristics, however I don't believe that that alone necessarily led to their adoption by certain legacy brands when manufacturing their respective historic models.