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how heavy is heavy?

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

  1. jomahu


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


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


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


    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
    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


    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


    Apr 13, 2005
    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


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


  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


    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


    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


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


    Jan 23, 2004
    +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


    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.
  18. 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)

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Staff Member Supporting Member

    10 + LBS.