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basses for fat folk?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by daofktr, Apr 29, 2005.

  1. daofktr

    daofktr irritating, yet surly

    Feb 15, 2005
    aurora, IN
    does anyone have a good idea what basses fit us 'insulated' types better?
    i'm 6', 280 lbs., and while my conklin GT-7 fits well enough due to sheer weight and size, thereby displacing some of my avoirdupois to make a spot to nestle, my ibanez artcore is waaay too light to find a good spot. the convex back doesn't help, either.
    i'm sure that boutique makers could custom fit something, but that isn't normally an option for a lot of players, so if any of you fine folks have any experience in better fitting 'off the rack' instruments, please chime in.
    thank you in advance!!!
    ps...please: don't feel free to share comments/advice on weight loss. i might be fat, but i'm (sniff) sensitive, and i might be so hurt that i would find the snarky commenter after a gig inna dark alley and sit on you...while eating a krispy kreme. :p
    pps...dear mods: if this isn't a fitting...pun intended... subforum, please bump. i used 'search', and came up with nada.
  2. sambass


    Apr 15, 2003
    my thumb fits my belly nicely
  3. pickles

    pickles Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2000
    Ventura, CA
    Check out a USA spector. Curved back and about 11lbs ... might be just the ticket. Great basses too.
  4. Ed Goode

    Ed Goode Jersey to Georgia Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2004
    Acworth, GA
    Endorsing Artist: FBB Bass Works
    I hear ya, man ..... 6'5", 260 pounds, although I guess you wouldn't necessarily classify me as "fat" I'm sure as h*ll what could be called a "big guy" :eek:

    My single biggest problem with basses is the body ... things like Spector, Warwick and the like just don't fit right ... way too small for me. I have always played a Fender-type bodies with big, wide necks, because it feels right and fits right. My Brice Z6 neck-through is a direct fender-esque body rip-off and fits beautifully. My old Ibanez SRX505 had a fender body shape, and my Fenders are, well, Fenders.

    I just bought an FBB fretless 6 that looks nothing like those basses, but it has these two elongated horns that give the impression of a larger body without all of the weight. Check out the FBB stuff, in addition to looking different, the basses are of an incredibly high quality :D
  5. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    The contoured back of a thumb bass might be just the ticket....... insulated....... that gave me a good chuckle :p
  6. Flanders


    Oct 30, 2002
    Reno, NV
    I also would say the thumb. It fit pretty well with my rotundity. Sadly, I don't own one, but I'd like to. I'll just have to suffer my Ibanez for a few more years...

    Low,Fat and proud.
  7. Wow...rotundity is a real word. :)

    I make you guys look small. 6'7", 300lbs. My belly also gets in the way when I sling the bass, so I wind up playing with the bass resting on top of my "power supply". It's comfy for me and I can play any bass I want without my rotundity getting in the way.
  8. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    As a fat bass player, I must say that I have never had any problem with any bass due to my size. Being big and pretty strong due to weight lifting, I have never had problems with a bass because it was heavy when it came to playing while standing.
  9. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member


    Something very large. Ever seen Greg Lake playing a Steinberger? 'Nuff said.
  10. jja412

    jja412 Fine Gear Enthusiast

    Feb 2, 2004
    St. Louis
    JT's doubleneck Conklin.
  11. herndonbassist

    herndonbassist Low Down Thumper Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2005
    Herndon, VA - NoVa
    FWIW I think that the hollow body (convex back) thing has NOTHING to do with your stature. I am a VERY average build guy and I have a lot of trouble playing my Epiphone Casino due to not being able to find a comfortable spot. I have to heft it up very high, which for a 6-String guitar isn't a big deal, but I am not sure I'd like playing my bass that way.

    I WOULD say that you'd definitely need to test out for yourself, but I've been told that the Warwicks are more freindly to my larger bodied buds.
  12. Juneau


    Jul 15, 2004
    Dallas, TX.
    My Dingwall has a nice deep tummy curve, but is fairly light at about 8lbs.
  13. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    If you are looking for a fretless with an acoustic-type tone, one of these might fit the bill nicely. (note the back carving)
    These are pics of a guitar, but the basses are similar:
    thumb_carvedback. x-section.
  14. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    Now, that's a belly cut fit for a king... even Henry VIII!
  15. xshawnxearthx


    Aug 23, 2004
    new jersey
    6'6", 370

    i usually wear my bass low and it sits right under my gut so not really an issue.

    however, when i do wear it up hi, the contour is perfect.

    mia p-bass
  16. Flanders


    Oct 30, 2002
    Reno, NV
    Somehow, I did not have that picture in my mind when reading your posts. It's the old radio gag: "You don't look anything like your voice!"
  17. xshawnxearthx


    Aug 23, 2004
    new jersey
    and i quote...."wow, you make that p-bass look like a short scale guitar."

    the beauty of the internet.
  18. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    I would recommend a curved/contoured back bass also, such as Warwicks (Thumbs and Streamers), or Spectors, as have already been mentioned.

    I am not really small either, I am 6'4" and weigh in at about 250. I have no problems with either my F Bass or my Modulus, and have had no real problems with any basses fitting comfortably, for that matter. One bass that I personally will never own would be a Warwick Thumb, they just look way too small on me.
  19. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2002
    Fat dudes play P-basses. It's a rule.
  20. xshawnxearthx


    Aug 23, 2004
    new jersey
    so many bassess i would not buy because it would look like im playing a mandolin.

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