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A well chosen piece of Alder can be very similar  in tone to a very nice lightweight piece of Ash.
It can be a very musical wood, offering a very nice balance of mids and warmth,  as long  as it is a  nice light weight piece, such as the unfinished body of this incredible sounding Bass seen at the right side of this page.

I have a limited amount of very nice, seasoned light weight pieces of Alder, that will make excellent  sounding instruments.