What's it weigh?
If you have access to an unfinished area, e.g., inside the neck pocket or control cavity, see how easy or difficult it is to dent with your thumbnail.
Both paulownia and basswood are light, soft, and dent easily; alder is a little heavier and harder, but still dents easily. Basswood and paulownia are both angiosperms (hardwood); alder is a gymnosperm (softwood).
Last edited by Jazzdogg : 12-20-2012 at 12:05 AM.