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Balance between body and neck

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by ZenBass, Sep 28, 2005.

  1. Hey guys,

    Could someone please explain the best way to marry a body to a neck to get a good balancing point.

    Its it to do with the neck wood and weight etc etc

    The body I am currently working on is made of mahogany with quilt maple front and back and weighs in around 6.5lbs which is quite heafty..

    I havent bought/made a neck yet but i want the bass to balance evenly....

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated..

    Thank You all :bassist:
  2. Groove Theory

    Groove Theory Grizzly Adams DID have a beard.

    Oct 3, 2004
    The Psychiatric Ward
    I believe it is more of where you decide to put the strap buttons, mainly the fulcrum (the strap button usually on the upper horn) which normally when placed even with the 12th fret will provide good balance.

    I've got a home made bass with a solid zebrawood body/wenge neck...the thing weighs a good 6-8 pounds MORE than my Warwick corvette :eek: , and about 60-70% of that weight is the body, I put the straplock to be in line between the 11th and 12th fret on the upper horn and it is nicely balanced (although still heavy).