does anyone make an 8lb precision bass?

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  1. jzucker

    jzucker Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    why are they all 9.5lbs? ;)
     
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  2. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Connecticut
    Because most basses are - wood will do that. Your chances of finding sub 8 is very unlikely, unless you to the route of a manufacturer such as Lull or Sadowsky, who can do custom specs.
     
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  3. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    i think there are folks on TB that have 'lucked' into ~8 lb. precisions.

    i had to assemble one from parts to get a light(er)weight P-bass...i don't know of any other way. besides luck!


    i liked your rendition/tribute of autumn leaves --- nice! :thumbsup:
     
  4. marchone

    marchone Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2009
    NYC
    What he said.

    Sadowsky does chambered bodies for weight savings.
     
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  5. Bassclef46

    Bassclef46

    Feb 1, 2021
    look for a G&L LB100 with an Empress body. If they can make a jazz below 8lbs then they can do it with P
     
  6. jzucker

    jzucker Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    ummm...No, it's the body size, design and wood selection. Ibanez proved with the willis you can make a sub 8lb bass that sounds great and is perfectly balanced. Skjold basses are also very light.
     
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  7. jzucker

    jzucker Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    just as an aside, I have a local builder who has made ibanez willis inspired bodies for a couple of my basses and they are both under 8lbs now. I just wish some manufacturer was brave enough to make a precision that wasn't a visual copy of a 70 year old design...
     
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  8. Bassclef46

    Bassclef46

    Feb 1, 2021
  9. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Connecticut
    Please actually read my post (and don't bother asking a question is you are just going to ignore the answer). I didn't say they couldn't, I said it was "very unlikely" from Fender. I have a sub 8 Lull P4, which is a Precision.
     
  10. jzucker

    jzucker Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    please actually read my post. I didn't say "from fender"...

     
  11. jzucker

    jzucker Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
  12. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    Philadelphia
    Sandberg's P-basses seem to come in around 8 lbs., even with alder or ash bodies. The more traditional P-bass is the VS, but here's a five-string VT P/J that's 8.2:

    Sandberg California VT5 Creme High Gloss - 8.2 pounds - 37002 - The Bass Place

    But my first recommendation would be an empress-bodied G&L, as mentioned above. I have an empress JB-5 that's 8.2 pounds, so I'd figure many LB-100s should come in under 8.0. Another G&L option is okoume, and I've seen okoume LB-100s well under 9.0 pounds. The alder and ash LB-100s will be the same as typical Fenders, 9.0-9.5, though I've seen ash-bodied G&L basses that are fairly light.
     
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  13. Warpeg

    Warpeg

    Jun 20, 2005
    Ohio
    My Fender '63 American Vintage P is only 7.7 lbs. Strangely enough, I couldn't care less about bass weight. It just happened that I really liked the sound and playability of it.

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  15. PWRL

    PWRL

    Sep 15, 2006
    My old 62 Reissue is pretty light, definitely under the 9.5 mark. My old 84 Squier P was really light, but it dove like a submarine. The 62 RI is probably the lightest 34" scale bass I've owned.
     
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  16. jzucker

    jzucker Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    i had spinal surgery so my back cares!

     
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  17. A9X

    A9X

    Dec 27, 2003
    Australia
    An 8lb P with the typical tuners is going to dive like a submarine.
     
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  18. jzucker

    jzucker Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
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  19. jzucker

    jzucker Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    not if the body is designed properly. My pawar/willis (pawar build with willis style body) is 7.5lbs, perfectly balanced. It's all about the top horn extension.
     
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  20. 75Ric

    75Ric Supporting Member

    Feb 13, 2019
    Connecticut
    My Lull P4 comes in at 7.8 lbs. It's an excellent bass with amazing tone that is well-balanced and a delight to play.
     
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