MIJ '62 Strat - basswood?

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I'm on the hunt for a MIJ '62 but I am determined to avoid basswood for the body. I'm looking at this one and I'm pretty sure that it's basswood. Furthermore, the seller says it light, well under 7Ibs. Thoughts?
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Yep. Most low end MIJ Fenders were basswood. However, the high end ones would sport Alder/Ash and rare ones have nitro finishes.

I think the high end ones would always have US pickups/electronics.
 

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Yeh. I'm torn on this one.

IMO that's not Basswood grain. Typically, Basswood has fine, uniform grain with no figure.

The back of the body looks a lot more like Alder to me. Seems like Alder with some figure to it and they've cut the body so that figure is on the front.
 

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Is this something I missed, a universal distaste for basswood? I have a couple of great sounding basswood guitars; one is one of my favorites.
Anyway, I agree... it doesn't look like the grain of either of mine. But then I'm no botanist...)
 

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I had a piece of Basswood for carving. It did not have grain like that body shows, it had more of a uniform wood grain without any swirly figuring at all like an ash or alder has... I suppose if cut a certain direction from the log it could show those though...
I had one basswood guitar that was fine, light.

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Is this something I missed, a universal distaste for basswood? I have a couple of great sounding basswood guitars; one is one of my favorites.
Anyway, I agree... it doesn't look like the grain of either of mine. But then I'm no botanist...)
I had a guitar and a bass with basswood in the past; both were lifeless. Just my experience.
 

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Another county heard from... there must be many with the same experience; hence the general basswood disdain.
One of mine sounds dark, but not bad... the other sounds pretty balanced. I wonder if there's a lot of variety between different pieces?
 

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Sure doesn't look much like basswood to me. My experience with basswood is it's finer grained and not much character to it, like @schmee example shows. My money would be that it's most likely Alder... but I'm not familiar with MIJ's so FWIW
 

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I had a guitar and a bass with basswood in the past; both were lifeless. Just my experience.

Well, that's 2 examples. 2 points on a line don't make a trend.

My basswood ST-62 DEX2 sounds really fine. The basswood body is only one component in a guitar comprised of many.

Here's a pocket-full of basswood:
 

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Another county heard from... there must be many with the same experience; hence the general basswood disdain.
One of mine sounds dark, but not bad... the other sounds pretty balanced. I wonder if there's a lot of variety between different pieces?

Lots of variety. Body blanks from the same tree can vary tremendously. It's really the individual chunk of wood that makes a difference, the species not so much.
 

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Basswood is a relatively decent tradeoff when you compare to the other cost-cutting measures such as lousy tuners, pickups and other electronic components. I have a 90's MIJ Tele and on 80s MIj Strat and they are both great sounding, abeit w after market pickups.
 

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You know, a lot of very expensive instruments use basswood. Suhr has used it for a long time and guys like Vai play basswood bodies. You may not like it (not that it makes even a slight difference in sound in a solid-body electric with non-microphonic pickups -- I mean how could it?), but it's not inferior.
 

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I'll ask again: any more opinions on whether it's alder or basswood?

It's hard to say, I have a basswood guitar and 2 alder ones and it doesn't look like any of them.

It looks more like my Poplar body out of all of them. (this is from stewmac mines painted white)

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