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Weights question

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Truktek2, Jan 25, 2014.


  1. Truktek2

    Truktek2

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    Hello all. I'm considering a build, and was wondering if anyone knows how much (roughly) a body and neck should weigh in order to keep it as light as possible without neck dive. Would 5lbs for an unloaded body be considered heavy, average or light? How much does an average neck weigh? Ideally I would like to keep it under 9lbs. I did a search, but nothing came up. Any info would be greatly appreciated. :bassist:

    Also, is there a formula or rule of thumb that would state what the ratio of body to neck weight would be optimal?
     
  2. mrb327

    mrb327 Supporting Member

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    Warmoth listed body weight at one point
     
  3. Truktek2

    Truktek2

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    I could always ask and get that info, I just don't know what weights I should be shooting for.
     
  4. mrb327

    mrb327 Supporting Member

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    Alder weighs less, soft maple being heavier. I actually prefer the alder bodies for this reason.

    Also will be affected by electronics. More pups and preamps will just increase by small amounts, but add quickly
     
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  6. mrb327

    mrb327 Supporting Member

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    Looks like if you are under 5 with paint you will be coming in lighter than average
     
  7. Truktek2

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    I guess that's not too bad. It would leave me 4lbs for everything else. I've seen some boutique basses come in under 8lbs. I wonder how they achieve that.
     
  8. mrb327

    mrb327 Supporting Member

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    They chamber the bodies to relieve the weight. There is a YouTube out there somewhere about Sadowsky bodies being chambered.

    I have only ever owned one bass at 8lbs, alder fender P. One at 11 is the heaviest, maple J bass.
     
  9. lbridenstine

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    All the ones I've made so far have been 7 - 7.5 lbs. It depends a lot on the the wood you use (if you buy it locally, you can feel the weight of it, different boards weigh different amounts) and the weight of the hardware.

    My last bass, if I remember right, the body and neck each weighed about 2.5 lbs, so the hardware must have been another 2 lbs. (Actually, I weighed the body before I put the top on, so top + hardware and pickups was 2lbs). That was the lightest one so far. It wasn't chambered.
     
  10. mrb327

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    What type of wood did you use?
     
  11. lbridenstine

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    The last one was mahogany for the body and neck, apparently I just got lucky with light weight pieces, buckeye burl for the top which is really light weight, and a pau ferro fingerboard. I used Gotoh Res-o-lite hardware too.
     
  12. mrb327

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    Cool, thanks for the input!
     
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