I was at a music shop the other day and some guy was handling a Strat clone with a basswood body. He accidentally caught it on an entrance going into another room and a huge piece of wood chipped off of it. Its one of the softest woods used for guitars and it makes me wonder why builders would want to use it over Alder, Ash, Mahogany, etc. From my experience I have found basswood to be inconsistent in weight as well, sometimes its very light.. other times its really heavy. I noticed that in Canada they use 'Laurentian basswood' which seems to be more durable and dense, similar to Alder wood. Anyway from my experience I see basswood used on cheaper guitars the most and it makes me wonder if its cheaper and more cost effective to work with and source which makes me wonder if its just junk overall. What do you guys think?