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Like the neck, the wood used for the body, and its quality, plays a role in how the guitar sound.Alder is used in most Fender Strats mainly because of its light weight and it’s easy to finish due to minimal grain lines.Although a soft wood, it has a rich and warm tone with a smooth sustain.Basswood has long been favoured by jazz musicians and it can also help to balance a bright punchy maple neck.



There’s little doubt that US Fenders are better than Mexicans.Don’t start by plugging it into a loud amp and lots of pedals but listen to the acoustics, the natural resonance and sustain.If this sound and feels right, then it’s a guitar well worth considering.That’s kind of the point too, considering that MIM models are Fender’s budget brand (above Squier).

However, over the last decade or so, the MIMs has gotten a considerable face lift and the overall quality is very high.

In this feature we’ll look at a handful of models with David Gilmour’s tones in mind. You are the musician and the guitar is the tool you use to express your feelings and music.