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Anyone Experienced with Cutting Channels in a Fender to Reduce Weight?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jay Gee, Apr 19, 2006.

  1. Jay Gee

    Jay Gee

    Apr 1, 2006
    I'm thinking about cutting out some wood under the pick guard to lighten up my Fender. Has anyone tried it? Does it change the sound? Or cause the enamel finish to crack or spider? Any advice on this?

  2. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    It will change the sound, albeit not TOO significantly.

    If you do it properly and if you mask the areas youre not routing, you shouldn't have a problem with damage.
  3. John Coxtosen

    John Coxtosen Music Geek/Bass Nerd

    May 25, 2005
    Duluth, MN
    Another thing to consider is neck dive. If the body is to light, then.......well, you know. Although, I suppose you could move the butt end strap button up to help.

    I'd just look into a better strap like Kepur or a neoprene, or a lighter bass.
  4. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    check out warmoth "hollow" jazz bodies. they are super light. 3 lbs I think.

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