Advice on a new bass for a giant

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Stantor, Jun 23, 2019.

  1. Stantor


    May 14, 2019
    Columbia, SC
    Hey all! I'm looking for a new bass and trying to decide what to go for. I am a beginner and currently have a Yamaha TRBX174 that I picked up on sale earlier this year. I love the tone of it save for one issue. The body is too small. I'm a tall guy (6'8) and I just can't seem to get comfortable with my plucking hand, and I'm assuming that is due to my larger-than-normal wing span. So I have come to the conclusion that I need an upgrade and that the smaller, modern style bodies aren't for me. I've played a few different Fenders at my local guitar center and the Jazz bass style body seems so much more comfortable to me. So after some research, I've decided to try out the Sire basses (though I am open to other suggestions). I'm inclined to go for the V7 because of the Fenders I have tried out, but I'm also interested in the versatility of the PJ style pups on the P7. I am just worried that the body style of the P may give me similar problem with comfort that I am currently having with the yamaha. I wish I could actually try out both of the basses but unfortunately it would be quite the drive to make it to an authorized dealer for me (I'm in SC). So basically my question is, am I crazy for even worrying about this? Have any fellow giant bass players had issue like this? Or am I making a problem out of nothing and just need to man up and get used to it? Any input or recommendation would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
  2. And I

    And I

    Feb 19, 2009
    Witchtown, MA
    I'm average size but the jazz bass body is large and it makes a lot of sense to me that you'd feel more comfortable with one. You may feel at home with a 35" scale jazz bass of some sort.
  3. quindecima

    quindecima Inactive

    Sep 18, 2016
    Walterville, Oregon
    Get an upright.


    Apr 30, 2008
    austin tx.
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  5. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Reverend Thundergun might just be perfect for you, in more ways than one.
    Made me forget all about Fender basses.
    I can't tell you how many times I've heard people say the Music Man Bongo is a huge bass, it might just be good for you, but it costs twice what the Thundergun does.
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  6. MD


    Nov 7, 2000
    Marin Co. CA.
    Pino's your size (height). Check out what he's playing, I be surprised if comfort wasn't a consideration for him.
  7. I think string spacing sounds like your main issue. When I think about big tall guys playing bass, I think next about average-height guys playing standard guitars. They feel like toys to me (and I'm not a guy, and only 5'6) but those guys are bigger than I am and get used to playing them. So, I think it can be done, but with large fingers you'd want to get the widest possible spacing at the bridge. Hope this helps.
  8. While I'm not as tall as the OP (I'm 6' 4"), I also find the full-size jazz bodies more comfortable. If you're looking for a 5-string, I would recommend Lakland's Joe Osborn/55-60.
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  9. JZQuantum


    Oct 12, 2008
    Not sure if this is too far out tonally, but a Modulus Quantum or G Gould might fit the bill. 35" scale and somewhat larger body.
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  10. B-Mac

    B-Mac Happiness is a warm puppy and a great bass Gold Supporting Member

    I don’t know if your height/frame matters what size bass you need.

    I say this only because Greg Lake was 6’2” and Chris Squire was 6’4”

    Play what fits you and is comfortable

    Not all 34” scale basses are the same overall length since the bodies vary and placement of the neck on the body also varies.

    I never played one but I’ve heard the Gibson Thunderbird was on the long side ?

    Best of luck finding what works for you. :)
  11. staccatogrowl

    staccatogrowl Savoring a spinning, shimmery aquasphere Supporting Member

    Jul 14, 2006
    Get this one

  12. Ken J

    Ken J Hartford Hot Several Brass Band

    Aug 19, 2011
    Middlefield, CT
    I always found that BirdSong solved all my issues
    Take two and call me in the morning
  13. Hundred proof

    Hundred proof

    Apr 22, 2018
    I would sure consider a Peavey T40 or T45 ... with a 4 inch wide strap
  14. ctmullins

    ctmullins Dominated Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
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  15. You could go the Krist Novoselic route. He was 6 foot 7 and rocked the Gibson Ripper and RD pretty good!

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  16. JSandbloom

    JSandbloom Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2004
    Redding, Ca
    Lakland Basses
    I’m the same way. I’m over 6’ and hate the way small basses look like a bow tie on me. Traditional style 5 string basses are normally larger bodied. Like Jazz and P 5’s, Stingray 5’s. My favorite would be the Modulus Genesis 5 because it has an even bigger body. There are options.
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  17. I’m only 6’ but I’m a big guy and I understand where you’re coming from. I’ve had a few basses that I didn’t like how their small body wasn’t as comfortable or being smaller made me look more overweight than I actually am. I have big enough arms and hands for bigger basses so that’s what I’ve come to like lately. I’d recommend a Mexican fender. I picked up my Mexican jazz 5 for $400 new on sale. You may eventually want to give Dingwall or other longer 35-37 inch scale basses a shot also. I’ve never had a bass that’s more comfortable for me than my dingwall. But it is way more expensive than an import fender or Sire. 2F233CA3-AF6D-4F51-B618-A893EFC55BC8.jpeg
    Small people sometimes even complain about the dingwalls scale being too extreme. As you can see it’s actually a good size for me. 0219D427-33CB-4124-82C2-002F3B4EC5F1.jpeg
  18. Stantor


    May 14, 2019
    Columbia, SC
    Thanks for all the replies! As far as budget goes it is flexible. I can easily save up for a while longer, I'm not in a rush necessarily. I do feel like jumping for a Dingwall (while I would love too and they seem like a great solution) would be a bit much. I'm definitely still a beginner so not sure I can justify that to myself haha. Around $1000-$1200 is probably where I'd wanna max out at
  19. burgerdj


    Dec 4, 2006
    Modulus Genesis is HUGE. Also check out Enfeld.
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  20. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Thunderguns go for $999.99.
    They'd be a bargain at much more.