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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Two-Spirit, Aug 12, 2017.
I've never really paid attention myself. So, how heavy do they get?
I had a seventies Jazz years ago that topped 11 pounds, but I think those early Peavey T40s beat it.
Waiting for the world's most famous bass to put in an appearance....
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
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!
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.
Gotta be the Mothman.
My Warmoth build is well over 13lbs.
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
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.
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.
I've got a parts caster with a late 70's ash P Bass body. Sucker weighs around 13 lbs.
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
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.
Gotta be the famous Mothman Bass:
I'd say the Magnum 1 in the middle is the heaviest I've played in person. Probably around 11-12lbs
They all seem to be getting heavier as I get older... just like me!
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.
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.
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..