1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  
    TalkBass.com has been uniting the low end since 1998.  Join us! :)

Do you weigh your basses with the strings on or off?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by marcau, Feb 5, 2012.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. marcau


    Sep 13, 2008
    More on the weight debacle...

    Strings come out to about 8oz or 1/2 a pound...
  2. snyderz

    snyderz Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    You're kidding, right?
  3. evanatch


    Jun 19, 2011
    Do you play your basses with the strings on or off?
  4. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    I take the strings off. And the knobs and the strap buttons - those are even more useless than the strings. And on the really heavy basses, I also take off the tuners and bridge. No need for them once the strings are off.
  5. LOL!!! I just take off the neck. Who needs that anyway?
  6. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon. Supporting Member


    If your bass weighs 10lbs and you know your strings are 1/2lb.... String free bass = 9 1/2lbs!
  7. Kobaia


    Oct 29, 2005
    Denton TX
    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar Amp Gruv Gear and Mono Cases
    just weight your fingers.. .thats where all the tone is apparently
  8. GregT


    Jan 29, 2012
    Southwest Missouri
    Assuming it was a serious question: with strings on. As played. No strap, no cord, etc. You need a good scale to get a good weight. Post office, grocery store meat department, or the like. Something that weighs in hundreths of a pound or partial ounces if you need an accurate weight.
  9. skychief


    Apr 27, 2011
    South Bay
    weighing the bass sans strings is cheating.

    I just tie 25 or 30 helium balloons before weighing.

    Sure, Thats cheating too, but if nobody sees it, it doesnt count. :hyper:
  10. Ric5

    Ric5 SUSPENDED Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
  11. yank the truss rod and frets as well then I suppose. The finish may also be a weight concern.:)

    To the OP, I think weighing a bass with all the goodies attached is probably the most accurate way to do to it as it would represent realistically what the player can expect to have strapped across his/her shoulder.

    I am curious as to what prompted this question if you would be so kind?
  12. What does your bass weigh in a centrifuge? Or in parabolic flight?
  13. Strings on; pants off
  14. nostatic

    nostatic Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2004
    lost angeles, CA
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs
    i usually try to add some speed holes before weighing

  15. eban3

    eban3 Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2007
    Palm Bay FL
    I drill out the body leaving things with a swiss cheese consistency seeing as though the Swiss have some of the most precise methods of measuring things ........this is the only way to get accurate weight measurements but then do you mean earth weight or weight on another planet ?
  16. funkyjudge

    funkyjudge Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2010
    Langhorne, PA, USA
    You guys are giving me the best laugh(s) that I have had in several weeks .... THANKS!!!
  17. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Calibrated arm. Hasn't failed me yet!!!
  18. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    Beat me to it! :p
  19. tjh

    tjh Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    In an effort to work under the premise that there is no such thing as a bad question ... if you are selling a complete bass, as mentioned it would be as pictured, without a strap or cord. and of course the case (it has happened otherwise, especially on Ebay, where they think you want the shipping weight or have no idea why you would want the other) ... if it is wearing extras, like pup covers, ash tray, etc, then I would note if they were included, or be expecting to respond to inquiries as to if they were ...

    ... with all that said, method used is also something informative to add ... if you are using a bathroom scale, perhaps say whether or not it was digital, or dial type, and if you simply set it on the scale while holding the neck to keep it upright, or it you used it with the weigh yourself with/without method (hopefully several times and taken an average) ... usually readings can be quite different if not the later method ... as mentioned above, the way to get the most accurate is with a digital type scale used commercially for postage, by butchers, etc .... I actually have an older commercial digital butchers scale that I use. ... also, find out if the reading is in lbs or ounces beyond the first number, as there is a difference between 7.5 lbs, and 7 lbs 5 ounces ... as there are 16 ounces in a lb ...

    ... the weight may not matter to some, and may be a deciding factor to others ... so it can be a reasonable question ... if it is asked, probably the worst response, is to guess and/or say something like "oh, about average, or around 9 lbs or so" ... ummm, well, no kidding ... that means it could be an 8 pound bass, and I may want it, or a ten pound bass and have no interest ...

    ... in all fairness to the OP, I would rather have someone that is overly specific and concerned with accuracy respond to the inquiry should I make it on a bass I am interested in ... just recently on here I inquired on an American Standard that was for sale that the OP clearly stated, as a matter of fact, that the bass weighed 7.5 lbs ... concerned with the accuracy, I inquired as to the specific method used to come up with that, and after details arrived at a more accurate weight of 10 lbs ... good thing I asked and clarified, or there could have been a serious issue should I have followed through with my first inclination to pull the trigger quickly ...

    to the OP, the only way that you weigh a bass without strings, if you are selling just the body or neck, and then you should specify whether it is loaded, etc and to what degree ... if you want to get into more specifics here, then you can mention if the neck plate and screws go with the body or the neck, and if they are included in the measurement, more often than not, they get missed ...

    ... it may be overly detailed info for some, but as a courtousy to someones inquiry, there is no such thing as a bad question ... and I prefer to know too much up front, rather than to be surprised on the other end ... JMHO
  20. EatADeadGoat


    Aug 29, 2010

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.