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how heavy is heavy?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jomahu, Sep 16, 2005.


  1. jomahu

    jomahu

    Dec 15, 2004
    Bos, MA
    how much does a bass have to weigh to be categorized as heavy?
     
  2. jnightmare

    jnightmare

    May 12, 2004
    Carson, CA
    wouldn't that be subjective?
     
  3. xshawnxearthx

    xshawnxearthx

    Aug 23, 2004
    new jersey
    i thought this was going to be about heavy music....
     
  4. FunkSlap89

    FunkSlap89

    Apr 26, 2005
    Albany, NY
    For me, anything over 8 pounds is a bit much. I can handle any thing else though :bassist:
     
  5. AGCurry

    AGCurry

    Jun 29, 2005
    Kansas City
    Eight pounds? That's light.

    I'd say anything above 11 pounds is heavy.
     
  6. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    8lbs. is pretty light by most standards.

    13lbs and up gets a bit heavy to me, although if your back's in good shape, that's not much at all....think about how much soldiers have to carry on their back and shoulders on a daily basis for much longer periods than we do.

    My heaviest now is 11lbs (a six string), but I've owned a 12.5lb.bass and a 14lb. bass.
     
  7. jomahu

    jomahu

    Dec 15, 2004
    Bos, MA
    yes, it would.
    so, how much would a bass have to weigh before you consider it to be heavy?
     
  8. Daywalker

    Daywalker

    Apr 13, 2005
    SOCAL
    Well, my fiver is 11.5 lbs, and the 4 is 10.5 lbs. But at 6'5" 260, it's no problem for me...
     
  9. secretdonkey

    secretdonkey

    Oct 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    pile-drivingly heavy
     
  10. Anything over 9lbs is pushing it for me...that is, of course, in my opinion!!

    Peace,

    T
     
  11. paintandsk8

    paintandsk8 Pushin' my soul through the wire...

    May 12, 2003
    West Lafayette, IN
    I would classify anything over 11 as heavy. My personal taste is basses under 10, But I gigged a 14 pounder for about 8 months.
     
  12. loendmaestro

    loendmaestro

    Jan 15, 2004
    Vienna VA
    I have a 1978 Rickenbacker 3001 that tops 13lbs.

    I think that qualifies as heavy.
     
  13. Tryxx

    Tryxx Sputnik Forums: Bass Mod

    Jun 1, 2005
    Hurst, Texas.
    I'm 5'7" and about 120 lbs, and I'd say my bass is heavy, but I can bear it. About 10.5 pounds.

    Which reminds me...I need a better strap, but it's hard to buy one when you're short and play high... :(
     
  14. FunkSlap89

    FunkSlap89

    Apr 26, 2005
    Albany, NY
    yeah, i suppose 8 is cutting it a bit short... but by first learning on g***ar :bag: , i'm traditionally used to lighter instruments...
     
  15. thejohnkim

    thejohnkim

    Sep 30, 2003
    NYC
    10lbs and up is heavy for me (5'9" 150 lbs)
     
  16. gruuv

    gruuv

    Jan 23, 2004
    Tennessee
    +1 . . . anything above 13 lbs I categorize as heavy. Not unmanageable, but definitely heavy. Although, if the tone is that good, the weight isn't as much of an issue (for me ;) )
     
  17. chrisp2u

    chrisp2u

    Aug 15, 2005
    Buffalo, NY
    Heavy = a Peavey T40... not sure exactly how heavy it was, but I was playing an old one of those for a while and would frequently end up with neck aches.
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  18. A9X

    A9X

    Dec 27, 2003
    Sinny, Oztraya
    7kg. But balance is as important.
     
  19. MODNY

    MODNY Guest

    Nov 9, 2004
    its all about the strap people

    get a 3-4 inch wide strap and say good bye to your weight problems...

    do you see these 10 string guys complaining about weight? NO ( not saying any of you are really complaining)
     
  20. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    10 + LBS.