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Heaviest Bass you've ever seen?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Two-Spirit, Aug 12, 2017.

  1. Two-Spirit

    Two-Spirit Supporting Member

    I've never really paid attention myself. So, how heavy do they get?
  2. Tim1


    Sep 9, 2005
    New Zealand
    I had a seventies Jazz years ago that topped 11 pounds, but I think those early Peavey T40s beat it.
  3. 2cooltoolz

    2cooltoolz Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Lake Conroe, TX
    Waiting for the world's most famous bass to put in an appearance.... dancinguyBanana.
  4. I picked up a Steve Harris signature model once & put it back down really fast, because it felt like it was around 15 lbs.
    Later I read on Sweetwater's site that they're around 12 lbs.

    I'm sure someone will be along shortly to tell me I'm wrong or that my opinion is nonsense :roflmao:
  5. BIGEJ2

    BIGEJ2 Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    Happy Valley, PA
    Sweetwater had one just a few months back that was 13.4 lbs. if weight translates into tone, that guy would be a tone monster!
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  6. CoR Bass

    CoR Bass

    Apr 2, 2014
    Austin, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Conklin Basses, Ashdown Amplifiers, Morley Pedals
    Thundercat's 6 string Ibanez Artcore. I picked one up at NAMM and was really surprised how heavy it was. I don't know how much it weighs, but it felt a lot heavier than my 7 strings which are 12lbs.

  7. lowendblues

    lowendblues Supporting Member

    Oct 8, 2004
    Gotta be the Mothman.
  8. My Warmoth build is well over 13lbs.
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  9. BassLife77


    Nov 13, 2009
    San Diego
    I borrowed a friend's T40 once and gave it right back the same day. not only did it weigh a ton but the tone sucked
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  10. Aberdumbie

    Aberdumbie Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2016
    South Carolina
    Gibson RD has to be high on the list. I would put mine on the scale and see what it weighs... Except OSHA won't allow me to pick it up without a back brace.
  11. cdef


    Jul 18, 2003
    Back in the early '80s, Schecter built some Fender-type all-rosewood basses with all-brass hardware + pg. One of those nearly buckled my knees. I don't know what it actually weighed, but I never strapped on another bass that felt so heavy.

    That was sort of the thinking then - the heftier, the better.
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2017
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  12. lefty1979

    lefty1979 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2008
    DFW, texas
    IMG_0902.JPG I've got a parts caster with a late 70's ash P Bass body. Sucker weighs around 13 lbs.
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  13. MobileHolmes

    MobileHolmes I used to be BassoP

    Nov 4, 2006
    I had a maple bodied J bass (warmoth off eBay) with a badass bridge and full sized tuners. I never weighed it, but I'm thinking at least 12, maybe more
  14. Trabeen

    Trabeen Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    I play a Japanese Yamaha TRB6P-ii that is a tick under 13 pounds, it would send a Sasquatch to the chiropractor but roars like Godzilla whomping Tokyo.

    Last edited: Aug 12, 2017
  15. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone Banned

    Feb 23, 2011
    Gotta be the famous Mothman Bass:

  16. Klaxxi

    Klaxxi Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2017
    Beaumont, TX
    I'd say the Magnum 1 in the middle is the heaviest I've played in person. Probably around 11-12lbs 20170812_141453.
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  17. Low84

    Low84 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    They all seem to be getting heavier as I get older... just like me! :smug:
  18. I owned a '74 Jazz until recently that was almost 12 lbs. I've also owned two T-40s at different times that were seriously heavy, though I never weighed them.
  19. yodedude2

    yodedude2 Supporting Member

    the tb2000 i owned in the previous century weighed just under 14 pounds according to the bathroom scale. when i started gigging, it was too much for me to be comfortable with. i sold it for twice what i paid for it 20 years earlier. and today...now it has quintupled in price.
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  20. svtb15


    Mar 22, 2004
    Austin,TX - McKinney,TX - NY,NY, - Nashville,TN
    I play it all. Whatever works for the gig
    I got home off tour and had a boatload of money many years ago. I had a custom Alembic made. I got a deal but it s was still a lot of money.. They called it a TOBIAN body style ( similar to a TObias at the time. Tulip Wood Top, Mahogany core and i think 9 piece purpleheart/ maple neck..
    The bass came in at 17 pounds!!
    It didn't even sound as good as my earlier Series 1.. It was horrible..
    I wound up practically giving it away to a music store in NYC..
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