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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jzucker, May 13, 2021.
why are they all 9.5lbs?
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.
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!
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What he said.
Sadowsky does chambered bodies for weight savings.
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
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.
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...
like i said - Empress Body 7.6 LBs
2020 G&L USA LB-100 || Blue Metal Flake || 4-String Bass w/ Tolex Case | Drum City GuitarLand | Reverb
i see at least 4 P basses in the 8lb range. LB 100 body is no smaller than a 70s Fender
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.
please actually read my post. I didn't say "from fender"...
seems like most of the LB-100s I've seen are more like 9+ lbs though...
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.
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.
Would you count this as a P bass, or does it have to have the P body shape?
Elrick Handcarved Icon 4-String Bass Guitar, Gold Series
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.
i had spinal surgery so my back cares!
An 8lb P with the typical tuners is going to dive like a submarine.
it counts in my book.
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.
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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