12 pound bass !!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Kevin Ellis, Jun 12, 2019.

  1. Kevin Ellis

    Kevin Ellis Supporting Member

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  2. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
  3. Hm, why would a particular model of bass be heavier than others? I'm not arguing, I'm trying to broaden my knowledge.

    Is this not more or less a run of the mill Pbass with a high mass bridge and a fancy paint job? Surely the high mass bridge can't weight that much more...

  4. Floppystrings


    Apr 5, 2019
    Body Material: 2-piece Maple
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  5. Ah. That’s the reason? Maple is that much heavier?
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  6. BruceWane


    Oct 31, 2002
    Houston, TX
    It's got a maple body, like Mr. Harris's. No idea how/why his bass came out of the Fender factory with a maple body, other than there are known oddities like that out there. In a recent thread here, a TB'er sent a Fender Jazz out for a refinish and found that the body was made of poplar, which wasn't supposed to ever have been.
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  7. Thank you for clarifying this.

    Blows my mind that a maple body would add that much weight to a bass. But I guess this is the case.

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  8. Koshchei


    Mar 17, 2019
    Peterborough, ON
    Huh? Fender used poplar back in the early to mid-90s on all of their standard models. They used to apply a VERY thin veneer on the top and back, and then black out the cutaways on the sunbursts.
  9. Giffro


    Apr 29, 2017
    South Australia
    A tad unrelated but still concerning heavy basses. My '79 Peavey T-40 has the dubious honour of being one of the heaviest basses of all time for its era and beyond. Mine is on the lighter side of the weight for a T-40 at 10.8lbs. Average was between 11-12lbs but have ranged between 10-13lbs. Ash mainly used for the natural wood bodies of the T-40, solid coloured bodies were poplar and alder. They had "bi-laminate" maple necks.
    If you are considering buying the Fender Steve Harris P at 12lbs make sure you have at least a 3" wide strap...I use a Walker & Williams 4" super-wide strap for my T-40 and it really helps with the weight.
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  10. gidbass

    gidbass Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
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  11. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    Ha, I picked up a SH model at Sam Ash one evening & put it back w/o even seeing how it played or sounded.
    It was that heavy!
  12. gidbass

    gidbass Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    I can't say I blame you...;) . 9+ lbs is my tolerance and 10 is too much.

    Good Luck!
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  13. And although i love the zippy sound of maple, I've heard plenty of basses that sound amazing and weigh 7 or 8 pounds.

    Getting older and this matters more now...
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  14. Blaze Barlow

    Blaze Barlow

    Mar 8, 2018
    my 1981 gibson victory artist bass weighs 11.8 pounds..
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  15. I really don’t mind a heavy bass if I have a wide padded strap. Steve Harris is no spring chicken so if he can do it so can most of the rest of us.
    I am surprised to see a 12 pound p bass as a norm for a production model though! I want to play one now. I bet it sounds fantastic regardless.
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  16. What would bother me more is that binding. I loved my aerodyne p bass and played it for a very long time and than I started getting tendinitis from my arm resting on the edge. I stopped playing that bass and now and it’s not a problem. Which bums me out because that bass is awesome.
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  17. -Asdfgh-


    Apr 13, 2010
    He seems to have kept in shape.
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  18. LowRick


    Mar 24, 2019
    I don't mind heavy... and i love the way it looks!

    *sighs heavily and puts it on GAS list*
  19. Kerplunk


    Sep 29, 2015
    I recall Suzi Quatro bragging about how heavy her bass was in the day. Now I come to think about it, I'm not sure whether that was the sound or the weight.

    I have a 75 Pbass that weighs almost 14lbs. Now I'm old and not gigging. I should probably sell it but it sounds great, so I keep it for recording. I worry about blood supply to my remaining good leg, but you're only old once. You learn to live with these things I guess.
  20. Donkeys ago, I passed on a few Precisions because they felt too lightweight and consequently neck heavy (headstock dive).
    I’d never considered weighing my ‘75 Precision until TB (it’s 10lb even). It just “felt okay” when I bought it. Still does.