Well a 6 1/2 lb jazz bass neck dive?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by petrus61, Jan 23, 2014.


  1. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

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    Just curious. I have my eye on one and wonder if the offset body would counter any dive? It seems almost too light!
  2. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Gold Supporting Member

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    My 5.2 lb Basslab 5er has no dive....depends on many factors
  3. jdwhitak

    jdwhitak Supporting Member

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    It really depends on how the weight is distributed on the bass. A bass could be light (total weight), but have most of that in the neck. You'll just have to try it out and see.
  4. ROOTS_n_FIFTHS

    ROOTS_n_FIFTHS Low end Lover since '78 Supporting Member

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    Depends.
    If it has standard tuners I am sure it will. I have a very light Road Worn J (8.3 lbs)that does a bit.

    My Road Worn P is even lighter and that one dives pretty bad. Enough that it is distracting. If it has light wieght replacement tuners it might balance better.

    WOW...6.5 lbs....that is nice! I would consider (and am) replacement tuners if it dives too much.
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  6. MrTaff

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    Almost every light J I've played has suffered from neck dive, it get annoying quickly if you're playing sitting down.
  7. BBox Bass

    BBox Bass Supporting Member

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    I have a 7.5 lb. 5-string Jazz that doesn't dive. I attribute this to installing Ultralight tuners and moving the bottom strap button a couple of inches.
  8. MrTaff

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    Does it balance properly sitting down without a strap like this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzqRPfF80sc
  9. phishaholik

    phishaholik Supporting Member

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    IME, without a doubt, especially whilst sitting. I used to have a 7.5 lb Sadowsky and it was an amazing bass, but neck dive central. I've found P-bass shapes in the 9 to 9.5 range to have the best balance.


    Michael

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