I don't care what anyone says, get a plywood body made out of wood with similar density to your favorite woods, and it makes as good a solidbody instrument as anything. Won't pretend that it works like that with hollowbodies and acoustic instruments, but I've got a handful of hollowbody plywood basses, a plywood upright, a plywood electric guitar, and a plywood acoustic guitar that record extremely well. I own and have owned several basses made of plywood. About 12 years ago I bought an SX P bass. Within a month, I found a stock 79 Fender Precision at Sam Ash at a really good price and bought it because it looked like Roger Waters' late 70's bass. The fretwork on the SX was bad and the pickup had polepieces that were too high, but in an AB recording, it blew away the 79. One guy told me the 79 had to be the SX because it sounds like it was "dipped in poly." Don't have the 79 anymore but kept the SX for a couple years till I got so many basses I needed a sell-off. One of my plywood basses has been hollowed out under the pickguard to make it lighter, and even it sounds as good on a recording as any of my other Fenders and FSO's, which all have the same pickups and have bodies made of alder or 70's ash. So plywood's OK by me as long as it's in the density ballpark of those woods.