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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.

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.

Although a soft wood, it has a rich and warm tone with a smooth sustain.

Basswood has long been favoured by jazz musicians and it can also help to balance a bright punchy maple neck.

The string and pickup height and the tremolo action is often set to a so-called factory standardized setup.

This can easily be adjusted later on, so don’t dismiss a perfectly good guitar just because the setup isn’t how you normally prefer it.

That’s kind of the point too, considering that MIM models are Fender’s budget brand (above Squier).

However, over the last decade or so, the MIMs has gotten a considerable face lift and the overall quality is very high.

These are excellent for the beginners and tight budgets and easy to upgrade later on.

Body: basswood Neck: modern C-shape with maple and rosewood fingerboards Pickups: vintage style single coils Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster The Classic Vibe Stratocaster is a step up from the Bullet and Affinity range.

Depending on the radius, thickness and contour of the neck, maples are generally brighter sounding with a bit more top and less mid range.