Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears...
A long time friend of mine was having some issues with his JS100, so he brought it to me for a tune-up. The guitar's got a lot of sentimental value attached to it, plus I played it quite a bit while we were growing up, so I was happy to help out. Doesn't need anything major (fret dress, etc.)
Anyway, my question... I'm trying to figure out what wood this thing is made of. The Ibanez wiki says basswood, but 1.) this guitar is heavier than any piece of basswood I've ever seen 2.) the trans-red finish clearly shows grain pattern that's not present in basswood. I googled the question and found an Ibanez forum mention saying the trans-red models were a "different" wood but what wood that is is still in question.
There's good, lightweight and resonant basswood, and mediocre, heavy and dead basswood. I've never heard the JS100s were anything other. That does look basswood-ish to me.