Why do bassists tend to be heftier fellows?

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by MJMB, Feb 24, 2014.


  1. MJMB

    MJMB

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2014
    It just seems to be the case!?
  2. oboylebass

    oboylebass

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2006
    Location:
    AMERICA
    Well, there is an epidemic of obesity in the United Sates, so I'd say this doesn't just apply to bass players. Conversely, a lot guys who play out a bunch realize it's important to eat healthy and exercise, otherwise your playing suffers.
  3. Fat Steve

    Fat Steve The poodle bites, the poodle chews it. Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2013
    Location:
    Ventura County
    We're not heftier here in America, we just know how to properly utilize that grand buffet of Freedom!
  4. dwjazz54

    dwjazz54

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2003
    Location:
    Jersey City, NJ
  5. Register to disable this ad
  6. VanillaThundah

    VanillaThundah Pleasantly plucky Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2010
    Media:
    1
    Location:
    Houston, TX
    My drummer is hefty...I'm only 155lbs
  7. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS * Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2002
    Media:
    17
    Albums:
    1
    Location:
    The frozen north
    Are they really? In my mind the typical bass player is a tall rather skinny guy, usually standing in the background. :)
  8. Kmonk

    Kmonk

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2012
    Location:
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist: Fender and Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    I haven't noticed that bass players are heavier than other band members. In fact, just the opposite. I usually find guitar players, drummers and keyboard players to be heavier than bass players. I am in better shape than anyone in my band and every bass player I know is in good shape in terms of weight in proportion to height.
  9. Fat Steve

    Fat Steve The poodle bites, the poodle chews it. Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2013
    Location:
    Ventura County
    I'm Fat Steve, and I'm the fat ass of my band(s).
  10. dls119

    dls119

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2013
    Location:
    PGH

    That's me.

    ...except I've put on a few pounds in grad school.:bag:
  11. vishuddha

    vishuddha 100% Mediocre Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2012
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    Disclosures:
    Drum Sales - Guitar Center
    I think this is one of those things that you think applies to only one instrument until you start considering how many fat people play guitar/keyboard/drums/etc.

    No real correlation that I've seen... remember that perception is reality.
  12. Naturekev

    Naturekev

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2004
    Location:
    Jacksonville, FL
    In our band, I'm the thin one at 6'1" and about 160 pounds. The lead guitarist outweighs me by probably about 100 pounds.
  13. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Non Serviam Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2012
    Location:
    Scotia NY
    Because our fingers are too fat to play guitar.

    :bag:
  14. waynobass

    waynobass Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2008
    Location:
    Texas
    All drummers are fat! They need to be to pummel those skins for hours on end.
  15. ASATMAN

    ASATMAN Supporting Member

    Joined:
    May 30, 2003
    Location:
    Kentucky
    6'4", 175lbs.
  16. jacksonev94

    jacksonev94 Supporting Member

    Joined:
    May 12, 2012
    Location:
    Lynchburg, VA
    6', 140lbs. I probably don't fit that stereotype. :D
  17. bkbirge

    bkbirge Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2000
    Location:
    Houston, TX
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    What I don't get is airplane food. Who's with me eh?
    [​IMG]
  18. Wookieonbass

    Wookieonbass

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2008
    Location:
    Enchanted Mitten, USA
    Ask Tal & Esperanza. ;)
  19. audioglenn

    audioglenn Gold Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2012
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    I fit that stereotype...6'4" 275.
  20. Tomkat8

    Tomkat8 Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2013
    Location:
    Chicago/nw indiana
    To hold up them big heavy basses!
  21. edpal

    edpal Fighting the LIKES, +1 @ a time Gold Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2007
    Media:
    3
    Albums:
    1
    Location:
    Highland,Michigan, USA
    6'1" - 220. I represent that.

Share This Page