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Basses 8 pounds or lighter?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by the_hook, Jan 21, 2013.


  1. the_hook

    the_hook

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    I'm curious about which basses people have (or know about) that come in at 8 pounds or less in overall weight. Whether bought complete at a store or know of luthiers that build them. I'm looking for normal scale length, not short scale ones.

    Also, are there any basses that look like solid body ones but are actually chambered? How does that affect the tone (if at all)?

    I have a Roscoe Century IV that's just over 8 lbs, and it makes standing with it for long periods tolerable. I have an SX jazz bass that sounds and looks great, but weighs over 10 lbs and after 2 songs I need to sit down.
     
  2. Rebop

    Rebop

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    My Roadworn Jazz and MIJ Jazz Fretless are both at around 8lbs or less.
    I think my '67 EB-0 is even lighter.
     
  3. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Supporting Member

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    My Road Worn P is 7.6 lbs. Shop the guitar gallery feature at Sweetwater, they usually give the instrument's weight.
     
  4. smcd

    smcd Supporting Member

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    I have a LightWave Saber VL-4 that weighs 7lbs. Awesome bass in every way.


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  6. Einherjar

    Einherjar

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    There's a chance my scale may be off, but it weighs my Fender American Special P bass in at just under 7lbs.
     
  7. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

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    I've had a few Sadowskys under 8lbs. My '61 P Bass is right at 8 lbs also.
     
  8. Smallmouth_Bass

    Smallmouth_Bass Supporting Member

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    I have a Dingwall SuperP 5 that is right at 8 lbs. The Afterburner 1's and ABZ's are also often light.
     
  9. Darren Low

    Darren Low

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  10. Mike M.

    Mike M.

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    According to my digital bathroom scale, my SR505 is 7.5 pounds. Don't know how accurate that is but it feels very light.
     
  11. steve f

    steve f Supporting Member

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    My Mike Lull M4V is ~ 7 3/4 lbs and I love it!
    Got it used here on TB.
    Rob Allen basses are very light too...
     
  12. Got2SadowskyNYC

    Got2SadowskyNYC

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    Both my Sadowsky 5 strings are 8lbs.
     
  13. ddnidd1

    ddnidd1 Supporting Member

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  14. Biggbass

    Biggbass Supporting Member

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    My NYC Sadowsky J4 is 7.5 Lbs.
     
  15. R&B

    R&B Both kinds of music: y'know, rhythm AND blues! Supporting Member

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    Fender Precision Lyte Deluxe MIJ 1997-98. Have not taken vital signs but feels like 7 pounds and change...light as can be for a solidbody. Nice jazz-sized neck too. My bass of choice for church gigs.
     
  16. JBFLA

    JBFLA Roscoe FANatic

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    I have two at that weight:
    Hoyt chambered mahogany fretless:

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    Roscoe LG (smaller body):
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    Both are right at 8 lbs or less...

    ...I'm sure it's the absence of 'fret lines'...
    :eyebrow:
    :rollno:
    :bag:
     
  17. BBox Bass

    BBox Bass Supporting Member

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    I have 2 Ibanez EDA905s (the ones with the plastic bodies) that weigh exactly 8 pounds. They balance perfectly on a strap, thanks to the long upper horns. I also have a couple of Dean Edge 5s that are just a bit over 8 pounds.
     
  18. nostatic

    nostatic Supporting Member

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    Lull - 7.8 lbs
    Rob Allen Deep 4 - 7.1 lbs

    I had a Rob Allen Mouse that was 5.5 lbs.
     
  19. Sid Fang

    Sid Fang Reformed Fusion Player Supporting Member

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    Depending on the configuration, Status Graphite Stealths come in at 7 to 7.5lbs, and their bodyless Streamline is more like 6.
     
  20. bassbenj

    bassbenj

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    I have a Carvin AC50 that is 6 pounds 7 Oz. It's killer. It has a sort of acoustic tone though, but is very light weight and has none of the usual AGB nasty feedback. It's clearly a "plugged-in only" bass.
     
  21. mntngrown

    mntngrown Supporting Member

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    TBC The bass company. Check the hot deals thread to see if he is still making them
     

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