I personally don't have a real preference, I love certain things about different types of woods. Very subjective I know, but I just want to know if any of you have a favourite and why.
My opnion is based on different guitars from each type of wood and the differences noticed that were consistent to the respective type of wood. Of course guitars rarely sound exactly the same but I found some common qualities to each, of course in a high-gain sound.
- Alder is tight sounding and has a lot of punchy attack but not so much depth, very light
- Mahogany is a bit similar with a grainier attack and sound, richer and thicker than Alder
- Basswood is tonally the most tonally complex of the 3, the frequencies are all over the place so it sounds rich but give it the wrong EQ and it will sound either thin or overbearing