Basswood aka Linden

Tilia americana

Correct Pronunciation Phonetically is Baahsswood
Some people tend to pronounce it  Base-wood (That Is Wrong)
The name comes from its inner bark, or bast, used by American Indians to make rope.

 I'm not a big fan of Basswood, It's boring looking and isn't especially good for any type of particular tone.
Very very Inexpensive it is used by many companies as a cheap substitute for Alder.
Schecter, ESP, Jackson,  Yamaha, Peavey, Epiphony, and the rest of the corporate geeks.
You can dent it with your fingernails. and it has zero personality.
Blandwood might be a better name!!

Fun Facts To Know

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 Principally the Northern and Lake states. Average tree height is 65 feet.

Main Uses
Carvings, turnings, furniture, pattern-making, moldings, millwork and guitars. An important specialized use is Venetian blinds & shutters.

Relative Abundance
Together, aspen, basswood, cottonwood, elm, gum, hackberry, sassafras, sycamore and willow represent 12.5 percent of commercially available U.S. hardwoods.

Did You Know?
Native Americans also used basswood’s inner bark fibers to make thread and fabric.

General Description
The sapwood of basswood is usually quite large and creamy white in color, merging into the heartwood which is pale to reddish brown, sometimes with darker streaks. The wood has a fine uniform texture and indistinct grain that is straight.

Working Properties
Basswood machines well and is easy to work with hand tools making it a premier carving wood. It nails, screws, and glues fairly well and can be sanded and stained to a good smooth finish. It dries fairly rapidly with little distortion or degrade. It has fairly high shrinkage but good dimensional stability when dry.

Physical Properties
The wood is light and soft with generally low strength properties and a poor steam-bending classification.

Reasonable abundant and cheap.... That's why the big corporations use it. The Strat body is a Warmoth.




Several [Fender] Japanese reissue models use Basswood [as body material]. Produces a light (body wt less than 4 lb.) guitar though some people find the sound to be too "dark". Basswood is a very soft wood and cannot handle a lot of abuse.

Ideal for loud high gain tones [when used as body material]. The sound is smooth, without many sharp edges. Attack is moderate and sustain is round and even.  

For a solid color guitar it is one of the better woods. It is used by many well known large manufacturers. It comes from Northern U.S.A. and Canada.  It costs less than dirt that's and it does the job.. Thats why the big corporations love it.

This is a lighter weight wood offering Strat bodies usually under 4 lbs. The color is white, but often has nasty green mineral streaks in it. This is a closed-grain wood, but can absorb a lot of finish. This is not a wood for clear finishes, and it is quite soft, not good for much abuse. Sound wise, Basswood has a warm tone. 

Strong Midrange, balanced tone and light weight. Light color and almost no grain patterns Basswood is best suited for solid colors or is excellent as a backing wood for a maple top.