Zebrawood, quilted maple, flamed koa, figured walnut; yep, exotic wood basses are sure pretty but are they practical? The most memorable bass recordings were typically done on traditional tone wood body basses (alder and ash). High-end builders like Sadowsky and Lull continue to build instruments primarily with traditional tone wood. One comment Ive heard several times about alder and ash is that they simply cut through the mix. So my question is, other than good looks, is it worth the expense of ordering an exotic wood body bass, which in a full band setting could potentially be lost in the mix? Or can exotics hold their own just as well as alder and ash?