Basswood doesn't bother me. A bit soft, but nice tones, and weight and a good alternative to alder. That being said, why in the world are some basswood basses nice and cheap like Classic Vibe and some are super expensive like the Bongo? I don't get it and I personally don't see that huge of a difference to justify the price points(but then I don't see most higher price basses to be worth the extra dough when compared to mid-low price range basses, at least with companies, custom work is well worth it). So, what is the difference?