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Old 08-26-2010, 03:09 AM   #1
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So what do you guys think?
a big difference?
or just a small one.

me personally i couldn't tell you because i haven't tried both.
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Old 08-26-2010, 12:15 PM   #2
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If you haven't tried them, it's kind of a moot point to explain.

But I'll try.

Okay, basswood seems to come in two different flavours - the dense growl machine, or the "thin" cheapo guitar body. Basswood has its qualities, I assure you! But you should be careful to try and get a heavier body (it feels denser when you knock on it).

Alder is a classic, and Fender uses the hell out of it. My alder SX had a really nice chirpy-sustain to it, even though it had a FR. Generally, alder sounds good regardless of price, so I'm of the opinion it's kind of dense. It also has the benefit of making any guitar sound better to a prospective buyer.

Both are very good, depending on the cuts of wood and the workmanship involved (and whether or not you've got a gaping hole in the body due to FR). I've owned both, and I would buy both. No particular preference, here.
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Old 08-26-2010, 03:43 PM   #3
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If you haven't tried them, it's kind of a moot point to explain.

But I'll try.

Okay, basswood seems to come in two different flavours - the dense growl machine, or the "thin" cheapo guitar body. Basswood has its qualities, I assure you! But you should be careful to try and get a heavier body (it feels denser when you knock on it).

Alder is a classic, and Fender uses the hell out of it. My alder SX had a really nice chirpy-sustain to it, even though it had a FR. Generally, alder sounds good regardless of price, so I'm of the opinion it's kind of dense. It also has the benefit of making any guitar sound better to a prospective buyer.

Both are very good, depending on the cuts of wood and the workmanship involved (and whether or not you've got a gaping hole in the body due to FR). I've owned both, and I would buy both. No particular preference, here.

thank you so much.
really the point of this thread was to help me decide between two guitar i have in mind.
they would be my first electric and they are both the same except for the types of wood.
its a 60 dollar upgrade basically for the alder wood
being that its my first and i need to try both out i might as well go for the bass wood.
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Old 08-27-2010, 01:46 AM   #4
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If your talking Affinity vs. Bullet.... Id still go Affinity
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Strictly regarding the differences of the wood, take a look at this guide to tonewoods. It covers most woods used in guitars, and conveniently for you, those two are the first two covered.
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Old 08-28-2010, 01:29 AM   #6
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hey guys got my first electric last night, its a affinity stratocaster.
no humbucker which is not that great but im fine with it for now
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hey guys got my first electric last night, its a affinity stratocaster.
no humbucker which is not that great but im fine with it for now
Thats ok, just put it in position 2 and squirt water in both ears, it will sound just like an SG.

Congratz on the guitar, I am sure you are thinking about sleeping with it tonight. Don't the strings on the tuning pegs are sharp.

Oh btw, when you get a couple of posts we need pictures. Is it red with rosewood?

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no its not red
but it was weird i went over to my buddy's house and i saw the strat
i asked if he plays and he said he used to and he hadnt touched it atleast a year
so i asked if i could buy it and he sold it to me for 50 bucks
i was stoked
yeah but its black though
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Both are good tonewoods, and sonically not that different. They both provide a more neutral tone, as opposed to Mahogany (thicker, darker tone) or Maple (brighter). Basswood gets sort of a bad rap because it is used a lot on cheaper guitars (because it is cheap and plentiful). That doesn't mean it is bad. The only things I have against it is that it is soft (dents easily) and isn't really that attractive, so you probably want to paint rather than stain/varnish. It is very light... some people like that feature, some don't.

You got a great deal BTW.... congratulations!

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