I find that individul pieces of wood matter more than type of wood for tone. I will say if ringing sustain is your thing, try another wood. Inferior depends on what you want from it. If you want a J bass that's even more scooped with less sustain and a lighter body, it's your friend. Overall durbility is different. Bass wood will tend to strip and dent. A good coat of polyurthne or epoxy can help on minor denting. If you hit it hard it's till gonna dent.