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How heavy is too heavy?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jasonbraatz, Feb 28, 2003.


  1. Nothing heavier than an Ashbory

    1 vote(s)
    0.3%
  2. 6-7

    3 vote(s)
    1.0%
  3. 8-9

    15 vote(s)
    5.2%
  4. 10-11

    65 vote(s)
    22.7%
  5. 12-13

    79 vote(s)
    27.6%
  6. 14-15

    57 vote(s)
    19.9%
  7. 16-17

    16 vote(s)
    5.6%
  8. 18-20

    9 vote(s)
    3.1%
  9. HULK PLAYS 50 POUND BASS!! SMASH!!!!

    38 vote(s)
    13.3%
  10. Never play with it strapped on / play upright so it doesn't matter

    3 vote(s)
    1.0%
  1. jasonbraatz

    jasonbraatz

    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    How much does a bass have to weigh before you won't play it?
     
  2. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Depends on what it sounds like.
     
  3. Sean Baumann

    Sean Baumann Supporting Member

    Apr 6, 2000
    Livin' in the USA
    11 is pushing it for me, but 12 is definitely not doable. I voted 12-13.b
     
  4. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I'm young, I'm strong, I've got a back. Bring it on.
     
  5. SlavaF

    SlavaF

    Jul 31, 2002
    Edmonton AB
    Nothing much heavier than my Ibanez BTB405 at the moment... But that's only for playing for long periods of time. I could play something heavier for a shorter time.
     
  6. You can't jump with a 50 lbs. bass.

    And hanging it around your knees would be kinda rough.

    I can do 10 lbs. Ernie Ball's are about my maximum weight-sound ratio. I like Cirrus' weight the best (w/ bubinga and wenge)
     
  7. ashton

    ashton

    Jan 4, 2001
    Australia
    Hi
    anyone know how heavy a MM is?

    Lukas
     
  8. 5stringDNA

    5stringDNA

    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    However heavey a warwick corvette is.
     
  9. Harpo

    Harpo

    Feb 1, 2001
    Kings Park NY
    Brendan how heavy do you think the L-2000 is
     
  10. KB

    KB

    Jan 13, 2000
    Chapel Hill, NC
    My 11.5 pound mahogany L2000 gets up there but my comfort strapp makes it ok to play over long periods. Going much heavier could get tiring.

    -KB
     
  11. geshel

    geshel

    Oct 2, 2001
    Seattle
    I still don't know how much my fretted Hanewinckel weighs (I guess around 12), but I wouldn't want more than that.
     
  12. Harpo

    Harpo

    Feb 1, 2001
    Kings Park NY
    Most of my have been Quite Heavy But the L-2000 takes the prize .My last one was about 8.5 Lbs so this one feels like a lead weight. My Stingray5 is a little under 10Lbs
     
  13. narud

    narud Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2001
    santa maria,california
    i played a friends kramer aluminim neck bass one time with a narrow canvas Ernie Ball strap and after a couple of hours i was left with horrible neck and head pain that lasted for months. i then proceded to purchase many 4 inch wide padded straps:D
     
  14. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    You start getting up around 9 or 10 pounds, and I'm only good for about a set. That means my Stingray 5 doesn't see a lot of gig action.
     
  15. I can play for hours with mine.. But wouldn't feel very confortable with a heavier bass.
     
  16. bassiclybass

    bassiclybass

    Mar 1, 2003
    calif
    CHIROPRACTORS ARE SEEING ALOT OF BASSPLAYERS,MYSELF INCLUDED,I PLAYED A 1975 FENDER PRECISION,ASH BODY,MAPLE NECK 5 NITES A WEEK FOR ABOUT 8 YRS THEN SPLIT TIME W/A 69 JAZZ,NEVER WEIGHED THE P BUT I KNOW IT WAS HEAVY!!I WAS FOOL!! LOTSA NECK AND TRAPEZEUS PAIN AND TIGHTNESS,BOUGHT A NEW STEINBURGER IN 83 AND IT WAS THE BEST THING I COULDA DONE FOR MY BODY EVEN THOUGH I HAD ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA AT THE TIME....BOTTOM LINE ..IF YOU GIG ALOT WITH A HEAVY AXE YOU'RE GONNA PAY FOR IT LATER....BIG TIME... WATER,STRETCHING,NUTRITION ARE ALL FACTORS AS WELL BUT IM TO THE POINT OF WEIGHING ALL MY BASSES AND USING THE LIGHTEST ONE...GOOD LUCK....DAVE:bassist:
     
  17. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    I have a bad back and neck, so I'm not good at long gigs. The heavier basses I have now are about 9 pounds, and that's really over my limit, I'd prefer less weight if I could get it. But given they are 5-strings I guess I'll have to live with this problem. When my back hurts too much I whip out the Rob Allen feather-weight (about 6.5 lbs).
     
  18. Harpo

    Harpo

    Feb 1, 2001
    Kings Park NY
    My Stingray5 Has Been my main Bass and I can have strapped on for 3 hours . The G&L I Just picked up is a little over the Limit I posted I in the for sale section but I am torn Because I love this Bass it is the best G&L I have ever owned I guess if no takers I will get used to it I use a very heavy duty stap and I am a big guy
     
  19. BigTopBruno

    BigTopBruno

    Sep 6, 2002
    NJ, USA
    12-13 #s...my P-bass w/ a brass pickguard can wear me down.

    My Kingston feels like a feather after the P..close to half the weight!?

    BTB
     
  20. ldiezman

    ldiezman

    Jul 11, 2001
    Nashville
    My Stingray 5 weighed in at just over 10lbs

    I handled it pretty easily but I had a Good strap for it..

    I think as long As I have a sturdy thick padded strap that evenly distributes the weight then I will be allright.