Basses for bassists with back issues

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JoeVictim, Dec 21, 2011.


  1. JoeVictim

    JoeVictim

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2006
    Location:
    Colorado Springs, CO
    I'll list the ones I've seen recommended over and over again, but I am interested in what lightweight options are out there and I want this thread to be more of a reference for other players that are having issues. I have had back issues since I was involved in a bus accident about 14 years ago. I ended up wearing a neck brace for about 3 weeks and never thought about it again. Recently, my back has been hurting non stop almost every day. Playing bass further aggrevates this and while I haven't weighed my current main player, I would guess its around 10 lbs.

    So, some basses that have been recommended previously:
    Yamaha RBX A2
    Fender Aerodyne
    Hofner or other Beatle bass


    You can't tell me that everyone with back issues plays these three basses exclusively so what else have you all been playing?

    UNITE!
  2. dhsierra1

    dhsierra1

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2009
    Location:
    Central CA Coast
    Turner Renaissance RB-4
  3. Musicfreak1988

    Musicfreak1988

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2005
    Location:
    Belgium
    I have lightweight basses from:

    Sadowsky - mine are 8-8.5 lbs
    Nordstrand - mine's just under 8 lbs
    Alleva Coppolo - I asked for around 8 lbs (still on order)
    Stambaugh - about 8.5 lbs
    Kallas - I asked around 8 lbs... I paid a premium for a lightweight body

    There are tons of other manufacturers / luthiers who make lightweight basses if you ask them.

    You could also look into a double crossing strap, so both your shoulders carry weight.
  4. Musicfreak1988

    Musicfreak1988

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2005
    Location:
    Belgium
    If you go semi-acoustic or Steinberger you could find even lighter.

    As for solidbody basses, see my post above. I know of a Sadowsky of a tad above 7.5 lbs.
  5. Register to disable this ad
  6. matthewfoote

    matthewfoote

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2002
    Location:
    Somerset, England
    how about a Rob Allen. They are light weight, look fantastic and play like a dream. You can get fretted and fretless and I have seen 5 strings, not sure about 6 strings.

    Regards

    Matthew
  7. lucas vigor

    lucas vigor

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2004
    Location:
    Orange County, Ca,
    The new chambered body option on the Carvin SB400-5000 model. I tried one out...it was like holding air in your hands!
  8. Duke21

    Duke21

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2010
    Location:
    Narvik, Norway
    Disclosures:
    Positive Grid Beta tester
    Squier CV60 p bass have basswood body and are light
  9. Blake Bass

    Blake Bass Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2006
    Location:
    St Petersburg, Fl
    My back savers are: Sadowsky NYC 5 string- 7.0 lbs
    Rob Allen Mouse fretless-5.5 lbs
    I prefer the Sadowsky over any heavy bass, even when my back feels good.
  10. Passinwind

    Passinwind Charlie Escher Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2003
    Media:
    17
    Albums:
    1
    Location:
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Just for a different spin, maybe think outside of the bass guitar on a strap box. Barker Bass or EUB.
  11. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Gold Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2006
    Location:
    NE US/CAN line
  12. ksandvik

    ksandvik

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2007
    Location:
    SF Bay Area North CA
    Most basswood bass guitars are light, G&L SB-2 Tributes, Fenders/Squiers manufactured in Asia...

    Otherwise, me thinks anyone with a back problem should have a daily yoga/core strength routine of at least 10 minutes or more. Means you avoid future problems. Loosing weight helps a lot, too.
  13. rllefebv

    rllefebv Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2000
    Location:
    Newberg, Oregon
    For me, it was upper-back/shoulder issues that were aggravated by reach much more than weight... My Palatino set a bit lower than optimal kept me going on upright, while my Longhorn basically saved my band situation for several months... A few months of accupuncture finally alleviated the pain and got me fully back into the game...

    -robert
  14. rhett

    rhett Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2004
    Location:
    Hobbs, NM
    +1
    drinking plenty of water and cutting back on or eliminating toxins (caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, sugar) makes a huge difference too.
  15. onestring

    onestring

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2009
    Location:
    Oakland, CA
    A Dano DC bass is full scale, cheap, sounds great, and is super light. Mine weighs in at 6lb, 5oz.
  16. troy mcclure

    troy mcclure Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2007
    Location:
    Central Florida
    Fender P Lyte is 7 lbs
  17. handofseven

    handofseven Soaking up the cathode rays... Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2010
    Location:
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    I've found EBMM Sterling basses to be quite light... Makes sense with their smaller sized headstock and body...

    I think early '80's Ibanez Roadstar basses are also quite light... So much so, that I'm thinking about ways to actually add weight to mine!
  18. Lemoore-on

    Lemoore-on

    Joined:
    May 11, 2008
    How about a chambered body from Wormoth?

    I have a swamp ash bodied (mighty might) P bass that I assembled from parts that I use in 3rd sets a lot because it is light.

    I have a fixture at L5-S1 that gets pretty stiff by the 3rd set.

    I also use a Comfort strap!
  19. jeep floyd

    jeep floyd

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2010
    Location:
    Rio RIco, AZ
  20. panda88888

    panda88888

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2010
    If scale length is not a concern, you can always try the Beatle violin bass. It's probably as light as you can get.
  21. mmbongo

    mmbongo I like turtles. Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2009
    Location:
    Upstate, South Carolina
    Parker Fly or Steinberger

Share This Page