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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Jul 8, 2021.
This brings back memories of when I had one.
....and memories of when you bought it from me....I miss the tone/electronics, but not the weight or aircraft carrier neck profile. Before they became so scarce and shot up in price I briefly considered finding a used one (preferably on the relative cheap because of a neck issue or cosmetic blemish) and having it's electronics put into a custom J clone......cooda shooda wooda........
It seems I tend to end up with J-style basses with whopper necks that are fairly heavy. My old DJ5 and my current Carvin SB5000 certainly fit that description. The funny thing is that tend to get great results with Music Man style basses too. The inexpensive SBMM Stingray 5 my wife gave for my birthday sounds massive when I hear recordings of the praise from the our church’s sound system.
Hmmm….my SB5000 weighs in at 9.4 lbs and the neck is a fast and slim front to back.
I think the ash is giving you that extra heft.
The ash certainly is heavier. My SB5000 weighs 10 or 10.1lbs.
For perspective the Roscoe Beck V I had was a bit over 11lbs.
You play seated so 10 lbs is probably ok for you. 11lbs is a bit much seated or standing.
Yes, I have played 12lb basses that made my leg numb.
I also had one briefly and while it sounded great, it was just too heavy (10.13 lbs) for me. I probably could have gotten used to the chunky neck.
If you really, really want a Roscoe in a lighter package, Stevens Guitars will hook you up. Six grand for the 5 string, bolt-on.
Sweet although I prefer the looks of regularly oriented pickups.
Obviously I like all aspects of the RB5. These are all about 10.5 lb. At 74 I’m good for 1 set standing the rest sitting. Sonically they are perfection as is the feel of the neck. My opinion, of course.
The tone makes me want one...but I bet they are quite difficult to find now.
But if you're good for one set, then you can just switch to another Roscoe for the next set. I see four sets with some fretless breaks in between.
As soon as one drops stateside for the right price with the right options..
Oh my oh my! I wish one of them were mine!
There is a very clean one on Reverb right one, and price nicely.
Mine is 9.6lbs (advertised), I need to scale it again, maybe I could gig it for short live (60mns).
Though the wide spacing makes it the less interchangeable of my 5er
Heavy basses. Yup, I feel your pain (not to mention my '78 12lbs ash/maple jazz bass).
I bet you that Jazz is so sweet..!