Concave Knee Compartment?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Ross AriaPro, Jan 11, 2014.

  1. Ross AriaPro

    Ross AriaPro

    Dec 27, 2013
    Most basses have a concave cutaway where the instrument rests on your knee when sitting.

    Danelectro guitars probably have the best one of all in terms of placement on the body, depth, etc.

    How important is this to YOU as a design feature?
  2. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    little to no import. I wear my basses and guitars strapped even when sitting... set so they just hover above my lap.
  3. Nobody

    Nobody Banned

    Jul 14, 2004
  4. Doesn't really bother me one way or the other as when I'm playing, I'm stood up because no matter what I've tried if I'm sat with a bass it always feels a little too high to be comfortable.
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  6. Ross AriaPro

    Ross AriaPro

    Dec 27, 2013
  7. danomite64

    danomite64 Supporting Member

    Nov 16, 2004
    Tampa, Florida
    Knee? That's kind of far in front of my body.
  8. I've used to play in that position when seated but after picking up a knock in a road accident, my right shoulder doesn't allow it from the damage that happened, so I can only get playing stood as I can't get the bass down low enough otherwise.

    It's odd how some minor thing can make you have to rethink the way you play.
  9. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    I have never even considered it.
  10. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Unless it's something super uncomfortable like a Flying V I don't care, and even then I just sit in classical position and it's fine.
  11. rolandm

    rolandm In search of the lowest note.

    Aug 8, 2010
    Peoria, IL
    Knew a stripper like that once …
  12. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass Gnarsty bass tones Supporting Member

    True for me too, even at home rehearsal.

    I go for Fender-style bodies. Yes, they have good ergonomic design, but I'm a vintage guy and what matters to me is vintage appearance.
  13. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    That's the difference between 'stripper' and 'girlfriend'.
  14. bkbirge


    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    With cheeseburgers, all things are possible.
  15. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Huntington WV
    Me, too. I switch between fingerstyle and slap, often in the course of one tune. Works better for me to have the bass positioned relatively high, so I can get a comfortable angle with my forearm on both those techniques. And in consequence, the bass rides a bit above my leg when I'm sitting.
  16. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    This is a fact I am all too aware of
  17. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass Gnarsty bass tones Supporting Member

  18. bkbirge


    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    Ah yes, that brings back memories of when I was skinny.
  19. ga_edwards


    Sep 8, 2000
    UK, Essex
    Quite important to me. I have my strap length set so the bass stays in the same place standing as when sitting. If the thigh cutout is in the wrong place, it shift the neck either further or closer.

    One of the reasons I rarely play my Thumb or Thunderbird basses.
  20. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Somewhere Far Beyond
    Uncompensated: Kalium Strings, Fractal Audio, Dingwall basses
    mmm not really all that important at all. I almost always play standing, so it's a non-issue for me.
  21. edpal

    edpal Banned

    Oct 3, 2007
    I love comfort contours so much I have cut them into brand new basses. Did that to both sides of my BC Rich Warlock at 2 weeks old - went from the point of the body closest to neck to the next one with a coping saw at about 45 degrees, running almost to the front body binding. Sanded, re-urethaned, looks like a factory job. Very comfortable. I love the bass, just hated the sharp back edges.

    I just put the "V" against the inside of my thigh when sitting. :)