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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by geof_, Jan 4, 2018.
Basses are almost always at least 1 lb. heavier than guitars, due to the longer necks.
It's too bad they're not making more neck-thru with a lighter wood that has similar stiffness to maple.
The lightest bass I've ever owned (7-1/2 lbs.) was only for one night, because the neck was not in good shape, truss rod was already maxed out.
My current basses are close to 8 lbs. each, and nearly everything else I pick up feels heavy in comparison.
9 lbs. or a little more I can handle, but it's odd how that breaking point comes quickly between 9 & 9-1/2.
How heavy is a “heavy bass?”
Anything that weighs more than yours.
For me 12 lbs isn't that bad at all with a good strap. The levy's super wide is great if it doesn't dig it your neck like it does for me. The scotts bass lessons strap makes my 12.5 lb. Warwicks feel like they're 8 to 9 lbs.
Of course the heavy Ness of a bass is subjective same as musical taste
My heaviest is 10 1/2 so I voted 11 and up haha
I gigged with my brother’s T40 a few times and never fully got used to the weight. My P is closer to 8.5 lbs.
Well, my P is 6.8 lbs. Light with just a touch of neck heaviness (no dive). My Sterling/Stingray is 8.3 lbs with great balance. My Jazz was 8.6 and it was feeling a bit heavy to me. My old SB5000 at 9.5 lbs was heavy and the one before that at over 10 lbs was too heavy. Got rid of it.
My SBMM SUB 4 is about 9.3 lbs. Great balance but too heavy.
So for me, I don't want a bass that weights more than about 8.5 lbs.
My favorite bass for weight is my Hofner Ignition Club at 4.5 lbs.
Balance (neck stays where I put it without support when standing) is more important to me but my upper limit of a balanced bass is 7-1/2 lbs. Anything heavier is out for playing while standing.
I voted 9.5 lbs or greater = heavy, and 9 lbs. is now officially my limit when buying instruments. That said, my favorite guitar is 9.5 lbs, but I make a special exception for that one and that one only. Every time I put it on, it feels like putting on a suit of friggin’ armor, lol.
It’s weird, like Killed_by_Death said above, somewhere right in there between 9 and 9 1/2 pounds, you get to that proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back/shoulder. At least for me.
I do actually have one bass, a Jazz, that is also 9.5 lbs., but it’s status is "long term-temporary" (i.e., a ‘non-keeper’, but still hanging around). I bought it used and traveled far to pick it up, and when I finally got my hands on it and literally picked it up, I was like, "Damn this is heavy". But, I figured I was mostly buying it for recording and I could just use it sitting down. However, ultimately, it’s just been too heavy — I don’t even want to pick it up sometimes. I actually ended up also getting a lighter Jazz (9 lbs.) just to have one that I actually feel free to play; meanwhile, the heavy one stays home for seated recording and play but will surely get sold at some point. Nine pounds (or under) really is much more in line with what I’m comfortable with. Over 9.5 lbs, no way
9 and a half pounds is my limit. I do have a bass that weighs 10.2 pounds and it's not intolerable but I very seldomly use it.
I voted 10.5
I try to stay under 10, but I had a Spector 5er that was a little over 10 and it was manageable. My first Spector was over 11.5 and it destroyed my shoulder every time I played it. Every bass I currently own is between 9.5 and 10 (the SR5 Classic is the heaviest at 9 lbs 15 oz.) and none of them really bother my neck/shoulder.
They're too heavy when your crocs start giving you blisters or if the strain of holding them makes you sweat through your members only jacket.
I voted 10.5 as 10 is my cut-off. I only own a few near/at that weight and much prefer basses close to 8lbs. Heavy basses can sound good but there are light basses that sound good also and if given the choice - a light bass wins.
For my old a**, 9 is the limit.
A heavy bass -- like my '75 Jazz -- is one that warps space-time and causes black holes to cower in fear.
My heaviest is a relatively light 9 1/4 lb. It will remain my heaviest.
That's Page's Magick number and what Nigel Tuffnel's amp go to!
There are so many great basses that come in around 9.5 to 10 pounds, like the majority of Stingrays, that I can live with that. Over 10 it starts to feel heavy.
For me, weight is the number one consideration for a bass, above everything else. If I can't gig a whole night with it, it's too heavy. This weeds out quite a bit of what's out there. 9 lbs or less seems to work well for me.
I said 10.5 as that is what my Warwick Custom Shoo Masterbuilt Corvette $$ NT weighs and it pushes the limit of a 51 year old guy with legit back issues...my lightest is my Kiesel AB4 at around 8.5.