Appearance: White, often with green mineral streaks in it.
Tone: Growly and warm, with good mids.
Weight: Fairly light weight (normally under four pounds for a Strat® body).
Finish: Closed-grain, but absorbs a lot of finish. A good choice for solid finishes since there is little grain figure.
Basswood is a favorite among shredders for its defined sound and the way it cuts through a mix. It is quite soft, however, and does not take abuse well.