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Now, there is the never ending debate on whether or not different types of wood plays a role. Still, having said that, what’s more important is the thickness of the wood, laquer and obviously the pickups.
A good tip when you’re trying out new guitars is to focus on how the guitar plays and sound acoustically.
Alder is also the most neutral sounding of the commonly used wood types with a full tone, well balanced lower end a hint of mid range.
Swamp ash, or southern ash, is considered as the most musical wood and it’s often preferred by the more demanding players.
Although a soft wood, it has a rich and warm tone with a smooth sustain.
There’s little doubt that US Fenders are better than Mexicans.
Don’t start by plugging it into a loud amp and lots of pedals but listen to the acoustics, the natural resonance and sustain.
If this sound and feels right, then it’s a guitar well worth considering.
This has nothing to do with what models you choose or how much they cost.
You could very well build the guitar yourself from scrap metal but what’s important is that you’re comfortable with holding the guitar in your hands, playing it and the sound it creates.