Are bassists heavier?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Davo-London, Dec 18, 2014.

  1. Heavier than average

    85 vote(s)
  2. Lighter than average

    51 vote(s)
  3. About the same

    38 vote(s)
  1. Bit of Christmas nonsense, but I have been noticing a heavier-than-bandmates trend amongst bassists and thought a poll should shatter this myth once and for all. Er, or not.

    Merry Christmas
  2. JACink


    Mar 9, 2011
    Only if he is carrying his 810!

    (I'm not sure "basses" is the correct place for this question)
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  3. While we all know its perfectly possible for people of all different sizes to play bass. The main reason I started playing bass is because I thought 'I am a big person, with a large hand span, what instrument might I be more adept at playing'.

    Which did actually leave me with a lot of options, things like large wind instruments.
    However in terms of mainstream instruments it was a choice between piano and bass.

    Bass seemed easiest to carry around.
  4. Geddy is lighter than Alex:laugh:
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  5. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    I'm probably a bit heavier than the other guys in the band ... but my explanation for that is simply that I'm taller than them. :whistle:

    I'd say the amount of flab around the midriff is actually about the same.
  6. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    Westchester, NY
    6' 1" and 175 lbs

    Myth busted
  7. 5' 6" and 194 lbs

    Myth NOT busted! :smug:
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  8. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    First 40 years of my life, one answer, the rest, the opposite answer. :(
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  9. Andii Syckz

    Andii Syckz

    Jan 2, 2011
    6' 1" & 160lbs (i'm slowly getting back up to my high school weight of 195 ilbs)
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  10. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    What are you trying to say?
  11. eyeballkid


    Jul 19, 2009
    Does this bass make my ass look fat?
  12. RED J

    RED J Lol

    Jan 23, 2000
    When I was 18, definitely not. ~ 145 lbs.
    Now, since most guys my age in U.S.A. are overweight, (average )
    I guess in my case, nope. :smug:
  13. 6"2, 160.

    I was the skinny one.
  14. 6'2' 180 currently. Back to the gym on a regular schedule after the holiday, though. Need to drop 20 or so. (It's getting a lot harder to keep the fat percentage down than it used to...)
  15. mark beem

    mark beem Wait, how does this song start again??

    Jul 20, 2001
    Alabama, USA
    Pre 40yo.. No :bassist:

    Post 40yo.. Yes :blackeye:
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  16. 6ft5 and 24 stone....

    my back will probably pay for it in the future XD
  17. reno88


    Mar 16, 2008
    5'8", 155lbs. i'm the smallest guy in my band(s). and the baddest. :roflmao:
  18. Big Hoss

    Big Hoss Up note, down note, blue note, brown note...

    6' 0" and 350 going down. (Dropped 20lbs in last 2 months!). One drummer I jam with is 5' 6" and 360...

    So I am big but not biggest.

    Fwiw my jam friends and I are doing a musical chops build weight loss challenge.
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  19. danosix


    May 30, 2012
    Bassists are indeed the heaviest players.
    Dude - have you ever heard "that's a heavy vocal line"? Nope.
    If they're playing 70s Fenders they're also playing the literally heaviest instrument.

    Slilghtly more serious answer - like someone else has already said - it tends to attracts people who think they can handle the size of it and the decisions you make early in your musical journey determine things like what instrument you prefer to play - so, as I've said elsewhere you just don't see too many 12 yr old girls playing bass (upright or guitar) 'cause they can't reach the notes. Doesn't mean they can't (think carol Kaye (not a large lady) or Tina Weymouth (even smaller) but the size scares away many people who might have been fine players.

    Less serious - we do a lot less coke and speed than guitarists, drummers and singers, so we burn fewer calories.

    More seriously - you can't jump around on this instrument like you can as a guitarist or singer (Flea being an obvious exception) and you're not flailing around like on drums.
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  20. I would say that, in general, bassists do tend to be a bit heavyer.
    Dano seems to have some of that figured out.