Body weight. How light is too light?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bkbass2000, Jun 8, 2021.

  1. Weight and rigidity are not the same thing. You could make a bass out of two strips of rebar and it would weigh less than a large basswood body, yet be much sturdier. Neck dive can be solved by two means: 1.) move the strap buttons closer to the peghead 2.) hold the bass in a more vertical position. Hope this helps.
  2. My '64 500/1 Violin bass comes in at 4lb 10.2oz.
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  3. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    There is no such thing as too light for me. All there is for me are "sounds like what I'm looking for" or "doesn't sound like what I'm looking for." My main player PJ weighs 7 3/8 lbs. I have a bass or two that clock in around 5-6 lbs. But then I bought a 5-string recently that's 9 1/2 lbs, but I don't use them much on gigs, just around the house.
  4. BAG


    May 5, 2014
    New Zealand
    As the OP is looking at Warmoth I would recommend one of their necks with carbon fibre rods in the neck and the Warmoth 2+2 headstock.

    Also, and this is a broad generalization, the lighter the body compared to the neck the longer you want the upper horn on the body for perfect balance.
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  5. steveinohio


    May 27, 2007
    There is no such thing as too light. I have a prime dealer Stingray Special. It weighs 7lbs on the nose. You can make something that is light. Take your time.
  6. A chambered body fretless 5 is exactly what I was looking for. There a couple of builders who make them. Devon basses are nice but I was looking to keep my cost down lower.
  7. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

    When the weight of the neck turns your bass into a sub.

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