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Basses with PERFECT balance?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by AJ Love, Jul 22, 2004.


  1. AJ Love

    AJ Love

    Oct 8, 2002
    Madison WI USA
    due to a car accident 12 years ago, I always play (both onstage and at home) sitting down. because of this, basses with PERFECT balance, i.e absolutely no neck dive whatsoever (when I take my hands off the bass, the bass sits perfectly balanced by itself on my leg), are a must for me. At least thats something I have discovered

    the only basses that I have found that have perfect balance like that are Carl Thompson, Eshenbaugh, Mike Lull and Fodera...

    but I haven't played every kind of bass out there...any others that balance perfectly?
     
  2. kobass

    kobass Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Outside Boston
    You may want to check out a Pedulla-any Pedulla. They actually mention the fact that they "balance well" in their brochures. Good luck! :D
     
  3. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Alexandria,VA
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    Warwick Fortress, balances perfectly for me.
     
  4. Andrew Jones

    Andrew Jones Banned

    Feb 28, 2001
    Northampton Mass
    The Bass Play for trey anasatio's band Tony somethin. has a terible back and plays sitting down with his bass in a stand and that man has a pocket a mile wide.Night after Night.


    Aj
     
  5. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    Warwick Dolphins and Steinberger XM basses balance perfectly. I'm a small guy, and I find that even the heaviest basses can feel comfortable when they balance correctly. You might look into one of those.
     
  6. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
    U might want to give a try at a nice headless bass!

    Peace,
    JP
     
  7. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    My Modulus Quantum 5 balances perfectly. No dive whatsoever.
     
  8. incognito89x

    incognito89x ♪♫♪ ♪ ♪ ♫&#983

    Sep 22, 2002
    Royal Oak, Michigan
    Warwick Thumb...

    seriously...

    0_o

    :ninja:
     
  9. sargebaker

    sargebaker Commercial User

    May 2, 2004
    Montreal QC CA
    owner/builder, ISLAND Instrument Mfg.
    Apparently Carvin'S Bunny BRunel (BB series) have "Perfect" ballance.
     
  10. Juneau

    Juneau

    Jul 15, 2004
    Dallas, TX.
    My Dingwall has no neck dive at all.
     
  11. Squidfinger

    Squidfinger I wish I could sing like Rick Danko.

    Jan 7, 2004
    Shreveport LA
    Ibanez EDA :ninja:
     
  12. RAM

    RAM

    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    My Spector NS-4, while heavy, balances better than anything I've ever come across.
     
  13. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Headless basses
     
  14. Lockout

    Lockout

    Dec 24, 2002
    Illinois
    They don't balance that well while sitting down, however.

    Especially with that little hook on the lower horn. Ouch. :crying:
     
  15. AJ Love

    AJ Love

    Oct 8, 2002
    Madison WI USA
    I've read that Carl Thompson interview where he says that it makes no sense to make a bass that doesn't balance perfectly, so I was not at all surprised to find my Eshenbaugh bass balancing perfectly when I bought it (Mark Eshenbaugh used to work with/for Carl Thompson)

    good to hear there are a bunch of other basses out there that balance just right
     
  16. Whafrodamus

    Whafrodamus

    Oct 29, 2003
    Andover, MA
    Hey! My thumb balances perfectly.. Well, half of it does. :p
     
  17. AJ Love

    AJ Love

    Oct 8, 2002
    Madison WI USA
    wondering about the balance on Brubaker and Nordstrand basses? can anyone fill me in

    a slight neck dive on most basses is no big deal when you play standing up with a strap, but when you are playing sitting down and you go to slap, a perfect balance is essential
     
  18. Modulus Quantums
    Warwick Dolphins


    =Money.
     
  19. Cliff Bordwell

    Cliff Bordwell Commercial User

    Jan 6, 2004
    USA , Orlando , Florida
    Owner of CB BASSES
    I believe that it has to do with the bridge placement and where the upper horn reaches to.
    The bottom profile for you leg also has effect in the sitting position.
     
  20. geshel

    geshel

    Oct 2, 2001
    Seattle
    If the bass is like the guitar (which I think it is), check out the Klein K-bass:

    http://www.kleinelectricguitars.com/Klein/index.html

    I have one of the guitars, and it is really uncanny how it balances perfectly sitting on your leg. The only guitar I've ever played where that is true (at least where it balances in a playable position).

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