help me decide!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by pcake, Aug 30, 2018.

  1. Traveler Guitar Ultra Light Bass (the practical choice)

    2 vote(s)
  2. Steinberger Spirit (the best sitting down to play choice)

    10 vote(s)
  3. Ibanez SH500 (it just sounds sooo good)

    41 vote(s)
  4. Hofner Violin or Club Bass

    35 vote(s)
  5. Other and please post why

    10 vote(s)
  6. A turnip bass with a carrot neck!

    7 vote(s)
  1. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    so, i'm still on the hunt for a bass that sill be better for my shoulder pain than what i've currently got... and there could be more. i REALLY miss playing standing up, i REALLY miss playing a long scale bass that isn't too heavy to manage. i played today for 35 minutes standing up playing my traveler TB-4P which weighs 6.2 pounds, but after 35 minutes, my shoulder hurt deep inside. but i wanted to play more, although i wasn't silly enough to do so...

    so the contenders:

    steinberger spirit XT-2. a much lighter 34" scale bass with no lower bout to speak of, so this would give me the long scale i crave (i love 34" scale - i sometimes feel constrained playing shorties) at a light weight and would be an improvement for a sitting bass on bad shoulder days. wouldn't be able to play it for long standing as it would weigh about the same as my mikros and my traveler. i've never owned one - seems like fun.

    traveler guitar ultra light bass. it IS ultra light. i owned one before, and it weighs about 3 and a half pounds - i kid you not. it wasn't comfy to play sitting down, but i would be able to play it standing up for hours. 30" scale isn't what i was looking for, but playing standing without pain isn't something i've been able to do for years. doesn't sound too good, and since it's a piezo, can't just plug in another pickup i know i like.

    the ibanez SH500. yes, we're back to that. it just sounds so wonderful, i came close to buying it on a whim. i can get one that's a little lighter than my traveler TB-4P, but it won't be a sitting bass due to shape. i played a couple on a strap and 25 minutes left me pain free. i can get one at just over 6 pounds, but somehow the strap was more comfortable than it is on the TB-4P - don't know why.

    and then there are hofners. at around 5 pounds - over a pound less than the mikros and my TB-4P - there's the club bass, which is purty, and the violin bass, which is sometimes a little lighter than the club. not as light as the ultra light, not long scale, but sound better than the ultra light, although they come in at a pound and a half heavier. sort of a compromise. sort of.

    since i can't find a bass that will give me everything i want, i need to prioritize, and that ain't easy since i want two things that don't seem to fully work together. but i really miss those two things, and whatever i get has to work with my shoulder.

  2. reddog

    reddog Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    Philly burbs
    enjoyed my hofner club. different kind of a beast.
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  3. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    For me it's my Hofner Ignition Club.

    Mine is 4 lbs. 8 oz. of tone that I find very ergonomic for playing while sitting or standing. My back and shoulders love the light weight and my left hand loves the neck.
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2018
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  4. SpazzTheBassist


    Jun 20, 2006
    Judging from your post, the one that calls to you the most is the Ibby SH-500......My G&L ASAT spoke to me like that back in 1995 and I still have it and will never part with it.....Best of luck to you whatever you decide
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  5. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
  6. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
  7. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
  8. SpazzTheBassist


    Jun 20, 2006
    forgot to mention: My Stick has a system that incorporates a belt hanger - basically, theres a slotted piece on the back that fits into a waist belt and the pelvis supports the instrument. I need to play Stick higher so I use a police utility belt around my abdomen and, although not loop secured, this has been doing the job fine for me. The stick still has a Strap but the strap doesnt support weight: it just keeps the instrument in place where I want it.....You may be able to adopt a similar type of system (although this may include modding the back of the instrument for a belt hanger)...Just something to think about....Once again, good luck
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  9. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
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  10. BurtMacklinFBI

    BurtMacklinFBI Degen from Up-Country

    Apr 3, 2018
    I’m going to say go with the Hofner, it seems to me to have the most going do it in terms of sound, playability and weight. That leaves you SOL with regards to scale length, but one way or another you’re going to have to sacrifice something.
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  11. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2018
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  12. Rumbledore

    Rumbledore Inactive

    Jun 2, 2018
    sorry to hear about that pain. are you right handed and could switch to left handed player, as to use your opposite shoulder to bear the weight there instead? i think im pretty sure i w if that werw me... maybe a day will come
  13. CatchaCuda

    CatchaCuda Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2018
    Transfer, PA
    But if you get the sh500, anything you play will sound like "click click clickety clack clack" - that "signature Ibby sound".:rolleyes:

    My vote is the ibanez.
  14. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    i spent over an hour playing two of those, and i didn't really hear click clickety. it has a smooth uprightish sound. i don't have anything that sounds at all like it. super nice.
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2018
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  15. kev451

    kev451 Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2014
    New Jersey
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  16. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    i think about those a lot, and may well get one at some point. but what i really love is wandering while i play, dancing around and stuff. that's why light weight is a factor... but then on the other hand, i could possibly play my dimension with one of those.
  17. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Under 6 lbs!
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  18. JeezyMcNuggles


    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    You should really look into alternate strap options instead, if it's just a "pain" thing, and not a "NBD" thing. Here's a few that could really help you.
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    Instead of blowing all that money on basses, that could or could not make a difference, you could spend a few bucks on one of these (or a couple) and keep right on playing the bass you have. Know what I mean?
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  19. CatchaCuda

    CatchaCuda Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2018
    Transfer, PA
    I was poking some fun at a thread seen recently. I love the SRs. No matter your choice I'm hoping to see a NBD and no pain in your future!
  20. nostatic


    Jun 18, 2004
    Lompoc, CA
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs
    I have a folding stool that stays in the car, and I end up sitting at most of my gigs. A lot easier on the back/neck, and the only reason I pulled the trigger on a 10.7 lb 6-string. No way I'll play that standing...
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