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Exactly how much does your Fender bass really weigh?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Fender32, Oct 22, 2007.

  1. Fender32


    Jun 23, 2005
    Kent, England
    I just bought one of these little gadgets today, for weighing parcels mostly, but I also used it to weigh all of my basses and thought that I would seize this opportunity to explore a few myths about Fender bass guitar weights :smug::


    I'm sure that, like me, you've seen posts on TB and ebay listings, concerning Fender P and J Basses, where the weights quoted range anywhere from 8lbs to 15lbs :eek:!

    I'd really like to do a "straw poll" with you guys and ask the question, "Exactly how much does your Fender bass really weigh"? :smug:

    Now, this is science folks ;), so please, please, please .... only post a figure if you have actually weighed the bass yourself, with some form of properly calibrated weighing device (ideally, with results all in lbs), rather than just posting estimated weights or comments like "mine's not very heavy, actually" etc. :D.

    Please also post a picture of your bass, if possible and if not, post some details about the year of manufacture, body wood etc. Maybe this way, we can find out what really constitutes "heavy" in Fender bass terms ;).

    Finally, please don't include Fender "copies" in this (unless you clearly specify that it's a copy), as I am trying to discover "the truth behind the Fender myth" and not solve the mystery of "the great Korean poplar shortage of 1985" ;).

    OK, I'll go first then, shall I?

    Left: 1975 Fender Precision (ash body) - 11.2lbs
    Right: 1976 Fender Jazz Bass (ash body) - 11.3lbs

    Over to you :) .................
  2. pointbass

    pointbass Jersey to Georgia Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2004
    Acworth, GA
    Endorsing Artist: FBB Bass Works
    1986 MIJ Power Jazz Special, 9 lbs, 2 oz.


    I use the scale at my dogs vet, nice sized floor unit the dogs walk on to with a big digital readout .... extremely accurate :cool:
  3. Fender32


    Jun 23, 2005
    Kent, England
    Cool, thanks pointbass :)!

    Isn't your bass the same model that the new Fender Duff (or is that, "Düff" :meh:. Simpsons humour ;)) McKagen model is based on?
  4. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    10.8# on a digital bathroom scale but I can't attest to it's accuracy. I'll try to get a proper scale and retry. 81 P Special (sans preamp, battery, brass thumbrest and one gold knob):

  5. Fender32


    Jun 23, 2005
    Kent, England
    Bathroom scales are plenty "scientific" enough for this thread, I think ;).

    I just wanted to discourage people from "making up numbers", that's all :D.

    BTW, how much does it weigh without that bridge, out of interest :p?
  6. pointbass

    pointbass Jersey to Georgia Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2004
    Acworth, GA
    Endorsing Artist: FBB Bass Works
    Yup .... basically the same thing, but mine is an active bass, not too sure if the Duff version is active as well. Either way, lots of these '80's version Specials crop up on Ebay for super cheap money, great way to get a beauty of a Fender for low coin ..... :cool:
  7. lefty007


    Jan 19, 2004
    Miami, FL
    -1982 USA Jazz = 8lbs 14 ounces with Ultralite tuners - add 8 ounces [1/2 pound] with original tuners.

    -2005 American Jazz Deluxe = 9 lbs.
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  8. Baird6869

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

    Great post.

    I need to weigh all 7 of my Fenders as I have never done it. I am guessing they are all between 8 and 12lbs and I will weight them tonight as I really have no idea.

    P.S. How much $$$ was the digital scale roughly?
  9. Juniorkimbrough


    Mar 22, 2005
    Mississippi / Memphis, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Lakland Basses
    '76 Precision 8.25 lbs.
    '03 Hwy. 1 Jazz 9.25 lbs.
    mid 80's MIJ Precision 8.25 lbs.
  10. One Drop

    One Drop

    Oct 10, 2004
    Swiss Alps
    '73 Jazz, stock, no covers: 8.9 lbs,
    2005 '64 CS jazz, stock, no covers, 9.1lbs.

    I've picked up scores of Fenders from almost every period, and I can guess pretty accurately their weights by now.

    IME the weights correspond to those generally described, e.g. usually between 7.5 and 9lbs in the '50s, 8 and 9.5lbs from '60 to around '74, and from 8.5 to 12lbs until early '80s.

    In general Ps are a few ounces lighter than Js, and there are a lot of exceptions in every era, especially very light ones in the first half of the '60s and very heavy ones in the last half of the '70s.

    These are all my guesstimate averages for MIA basses only.
  11. Fender32


    Jun 23, 2005
    Kent, England
    That'll be interesting to see, Baird6869 :).

    The digital scales are all over ebay, BTW, you should get change out of $10, I reckon ;).

    Here's a selection of
    ebay listings ...
  12. Fender32


    Jun 23, 2005
    Kent, England
    Fascinating stuff! It's good to see some numbers going down next some same names, as it were :smug:.

    People seem quite prone to excaggeration when they mention weights "off hand" in some of their posts.

    At least now I know that reason my shoulder aches after 30 mins, is 11.2/3 lbs of "vintage" Fender. More importantly, I'm discovering that my two may well be at the heavier end of the "heavy scale".

    I'm really keen to see some more '70s Fenders, now :hyper:.
  13. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    LOL I gotta admit I've been thinking of trading it off. I was getting stuff together to get it back to original (except for the pickguard, thinking white pearloid is called for there, and the thumbrest) but have been sidetracked by a Squier that weighs 2 pounds less. I can't say I'm not tempted to replace the hardware with lightweight hardware and possibly a lighter body painted to match. The neck on it is incredible.
  14. Fender32


    Jun 23, 2005
    Kent, England
    Easy for me to say, but I'd be tempted to keep it as original as possible. Those P Bass Specials (as I believe they're called :meh:?) are getting rarer by the day.

    Yours is a smart colour too, IMO. Doesn't fade as badly as the blue ones did :scowl:.
  15. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    Duff Beer is actully named after him!
  16. lowendgenerator


    Mar 26, 2006
    MIM Deluxe Jazz 9.4 lbs with BAII bridge.
    MIM Jazz 9.4 lbs with BAII bridge.
    SX/Fender franken-P 8.4 lbs with BAII bridge.
  17. I have 2 Fender Urge basses. The small alder body and 32" scale neck make 'em pretty light.
  18. paintandsk8

    paintandsk8 Pushin' my soul through the wire...

    May 12, 2003
    West Lafayette, IN
    This needs to be a poll. Searching through the posts for the actual weights gets old about 5 posts in.
  19. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    '72 Precision = 7.5 lbs
    '82 Precision = 10.8 lbs
    '69 Jazz = 8.0 lbs
    '84 J 62RI = 9.1 lbs
    '97 J 62RI = 9.1 lbs
    '05 55CS P = 8.9 lbs
  20. So... how much does "pretty light" weight in terms of lbs?