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Heaviest current P Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Big mark, Aug 18, 2012.


  1. Big mark

    Big mark

    Jun 12, 2010
    Hi all, as a 6ft 8" 300 lb guy I really lean on my bass's. I love HEAVY bass's so my question is, in your experience what is the heaviest P bass, Steve Harris?
     
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    You'll find some that are heavy and some that are light in pretty much every batch. Wood is pretty inconsistent that way.
     
  3. PBnJBassist

    PBnJBassist

    Mar 8, 2011
    Dallas, TX
    Forgot the brand that produces P-basses out of mahogany, think Fender had a limited run of it, too. Someone correct me on this 'cause I'm not too sure. :meh:
     
  4. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man

    Feb 11, 2003
    :cool:

    Find a Mid-late 70's P-Bass.
    They had heavy, thick, lacquar heavy ash bodies.
    I've seen these run 11-12 pounds easy, and as heavy a 15-16 pounds.
     
  5. Big mark

    Big mark

    Jun 12, 2010
    Hi guys, cheers.
    Has to be a new bass
     
  6. Big mark

    Big mark

    Jun 12, 2010
    Mojo, if they made them like that now I'd be happy as hell
     
  7. cfsporn

    cfsporn

    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    If you are willing to look outside fender, my ESP Surveyor II weighs 14.3 pounds. It also has a Fender style body.

    However, why are you looking for heavy basses. Usually, I have found heavy bass=muffled tone.
     
  8. parsons

    parsons

    Feb 22, 2008
    Maryland
    you probably wont find many new P basses that are really heavy because there are many of us out there that dont want anything to do with it if its over 9.5-10lbs. I've had to put potential buys that had absolutely killer tone, playability and build quality right back on the hook at the store before because the minute I strapped it up over my shoulder it turned into gravity's best friend.
     
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  9. Big mark

    Big mark

    Jun 12, 2010
    I'm after that 60's/early 70's thud. I have mega cutting active bass's but they just can't do that warm round bubble of "thud"
     
  10. parsons

    parsons

    Feb 22, 2008
    Maryland
    +1 ESP's and some USA Schecter's can be pretty heavy.
     
  11. PlungerModerno

    PlungerModerno

    Apr 12, 2012
    Ireland
    You just need a good bass - a passive - not a leadweight.

    The early basses (Pre CBS vintage fenders) are supposed to be pretty light (under 10lbs) as they were made with well aged old growth wood . . . maybe.

    I'd search with you're ears.

    Try a couple of different P's and P copies - there are MTD, Yamaha and others that are supposed to strike buttocks effectively.

    Squire CV 60's P could be worth looking into.
     
  12. Big mark

    Big mark

    Jun 12, 2010
    Many thanks for the help and suggestions guys
     
  13. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    Heavy as hell (more the neck than the body) passive, two distinct parallel output (serial mode available with a push/pull capacitor) for the split and the neck humbucker pickup. A mixed modern/classic tone

    Cheers,
    Wallace
     
  14. The heaviest P bass I have ever had was a black Mike Dirnt, round about 13 pounds if I remember. It was solid and had great tone. The best tone I have ever had from a P with Status flatwound strings fitted but far too heavy for me.
     
  15. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass **** Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
    +1

    On top of that, I find the weights listed by the big sellers(MF,123,etc.) aren't always accurate if you're buying a new bass. You could contact Warmoth and see if they have a heavy Northern Ash body, couple that with one of their heavier maple necks, standard tuners and a BA II bridge you should be in the 12lb range pretty easily. Depending on pickups and finish you could be in the Steve Harris price range pretty easily, but you'll lose at least 50% if you need to sell it.
     

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