What is the exact weight of your passive P-Bass?

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  1. MegaSwing

    MegaSwing Your Obedient Bassist® Gold Supporting Member

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    Mine is 9 lbs. Weighed it today. It's a 2001 MIM with an anodized pickguard and a Gotoh 201 bridge. Everything else is stock.

    I have a fretless that is 8.5 lbs, identical except for a Hipshot vintage bridge.

    Neck included.
     
  2. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut

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    which one? i have four of them.
    the lightest is 7lbs 3 oz, and the heaviest is 8 lbs 5 oz.
     
  3. MegaSwing

    MegaSwing Your Obedient Bassist® Gold Supporting Member

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    7 lbs. 3 oz. sure is light. What's on it?
     
  4. okcrum

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    9 lb. 2 oz. 2006 MIM PJ.
     
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  6. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut

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    1955 restored swamp ash single coil p bass 7lbs 3 oz (w/o chrome cover plates):

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  7. Chrisk-K

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    I'm very curious. Why do some bass players weigh their basses?
     
  8. Mojo-Man

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    :cool:

    I've owned over 30 P-basses.
    For me, 7.5 lbs, to 8.5 lbs, are what I look for.
    This weight is best for the warm, round tone, I look for in a P-bass.
    I've had P-basses a heavy as 14.5 lbs.
    Big, tone, with big sustain. (these basses had heavy finish on body)
    Each bass is different.
    If you find one you like, check weight, neck profile, wood.
    They all tell a story.
     
  9. Marton

    Marton

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    Because they know they can't play a 3-hour gig with a 10 lbs bass, so they make the seller check the weight before buying it ?

    I have to P-bass, one is a Lakland Skyline Bob Glaud with a hipshot Detuner, the other is a Warmoth 72 P bass body, with a Fender MIJ 57 Reissue neck with vintage style tuners, both are 7.9 lbs.
     
  10. MegaSwing

    MegaSwing Your Obedient Bassist® Gold Supporting Member

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    It's a very important spec. A bass can almost never be too light, but can easily be too heavy. Remember, you have to wear the thing around your neck for hours at a gig.
     
  11. slopeshoulder

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    It has to do with TONE. Light=resonant=tone. Shoulder comfort is secondary. Heavy may sustain and have attack, but the tone is one dimensional.To me it is uninspiring.
    Light: Dimension, singing, air, midrange complexity, extended lows.
    Same with guitars, electric and acoustic.
    Overbuilt is dead.
    Look for light.
    My basses weigh well under 8 pounds.
     
  12. Dbassmon

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    1975 Walnut Brown P Bass Weight 7.5 lbs. (complete with neck dive) Alder body,maple neck. Great sounding instrument!
     
  13. MegaSwing

    MegaSwing Your Obedient Bassist® Gold Supporting Member

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    What in the world could make a P-Bass weigh 14 lbs.?
     
  14. fu22ba55

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    8.4 pounds

    100% stock except for the Dunlop strap buttons.

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  15. JimB52

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    1982 AVS '57 RI - 8 lbs
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    1996 50th Anniversary - 8lbs 12 oz.
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    2001 50th Anniversary - 8lbs 4 oz.
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    Too lazy to weigh the others.
     
  16. GM60466

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  17. Batmensch

    Batmensch

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    My current Squier VM P weighs about 9.5 lbs., I hade a '78 Fender P-bass weighed about 10.5 lbs.
     
  18. Diogenes

    Diogenes

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    'Precision' or P bass? My P weighs in at 10.5lbs now... it's a little lighter than it once was... but it ain't heavy.... it's my brother.
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  19. Tommygunn

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    Not sure. I have a p/jj bass that is like 15. Its plywood and like like a 1lb bridge.
     
  20. john nam

    john nam

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    My American Standard P5 is 8.5lbs!
     
  21. 3wavylines

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    My 2010 MIA is 8 lbs 8 oz.
     

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