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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by curbowkid, Aug 24, 2012.

  1. curbowkid

    curbowkid Guest

    Jun 27, 2011
    Brooklyn, New York
    Odd question but helpful.

    What basses do you consider to be fragile and which ones do you consider to be "strong like bull"?

    Some people want a solid instrument that can take a lickin and keep on tickin while others dont really need that and prefer the more fine tuned precision instruments. Let the discussion begin!
  2. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    Hofner's are fragile. Older Gibson EB0 can take a lickin'
  3. I don't that there's a definitive answer but in my years of experience I would treat any hollow body with more care than I would a PBass or a JBass style. I'd also put most set neck basses on the potentially "endangered species" list it they got kicked off their stand or got dropped to the floor due to a loose strap.
  4. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid
    It's pretty hard to kill a P-bass.

    It has been done.
  5. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Bearded Dingwall Enthusiast Banned SUSPENDED

    Any bass that is a "fine tuned precision instrument" should also be "string like bull." this question is kind of weird; is an Alembic any less sturdily built than a P bass? I'd hope not...
  6. billgwx


    Apr 10, 2009
    Centereach NY
    I'd add basses with angled headstocks to the "fragile" list.
  7. pgolliher


    Apr 27, 2010
    Santa Cruz, CA
    Any natural/oil finish I would consider fragile. I love the look, but I can't keep em looking good due to thumb spot over pickup,nicks from slapping, dings, etc.
  8. bassfran


    Mar 1, 2012
    Endorsing artist: Lakland basses
    P basses are typically "strong like bull".
    My old Harmony H22? Not so much.

    Not sure where you're going with this...
  9. My old Samick P knockoff was very rugged.

    I've never owned a Fender P, but from what i've seen they are incredibly strong and "lifelong" basses.

    I would think the most fragile bass would have to be an acoustic. I imagine accidently kicking a shoe off and busting the front of one sitting on a stand. ;)
  10. Steveaux

    Steveaux Supporting Member

    Jul 1, 2008
    The Wilds of NW Pa.
    "Strong, like bull" = T-40.
  11. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Bearded Dingwall Enthusiast Banned SUSPENDED

    If "angled" means "Gibson"...
  12. billgwx


    Apr 10, 2009
    Centereach NY
    Not necessarily. I had a Brice fretless bass with an angled headstock that I was always paranoid about snapping off one way or another.
  13. The Mothman.
  14. xUptheIronsx

    xUptheIronsx Conform or Be Cast Out....

    Feb 6, 2010
    C-ville, Col, Ohio
    this is the first one that came to mind for me as well...

    also some of the old BC Rich's
  15. My Warwick Rockbass Streamer Standard is pretty fragile. Pine wood body, satin finish, picks up dings like there's no tomorrow.
  16. curbowkid

    curbowkid Guest

    Jun 27, 2011
    Brooklyn, New York
    I figured angled headstock and hollow body = fragile as well as softer wood

    I kinda want this to grow into a guide of sorts for durability of instruments if that makes any sense

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