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Alder is used in most Fender Strats mainly because of its light weight and it’s easy to finish due to minimal grain lines.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.Some like the vintage glossy nitro finish and some prefer the more modern satin finish.

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.Some basic knowledge about the different wood types, neck and body profiles, pickups etc will help you in making the best choice.Japanese Fenders are considered to be above the Mexicans and perhaps even just as good as the US.In the 80s and early 90s, Japanese Fenders were well known for being superior to any other models and the quality is still top notch.Rosewood necks (or rosewood fretboard) has a slightly warmer tone with more mid range and perhaps an overall more balanced character.

Like the neck, the wood used for the body, and its quality, plays a role in how the guitar sound.Basswood was often used for Japanese Fenders in the 80s and 90s.Although a soft wood, it has a rich and warm tone with a smooth sustain.It may sound like a cliché but you need to be at one with the guitar for the inspiration to flow.This has nothing to do with what models you choose or how much they cost.A good tip when you’re trying out new guitars is to focus on how the guitar plays and sound acoustically.