I give up

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by groove100, Nov 20, 2005.

  1. groove100


    Jan 22, 2005
    Ive had my warwick corvette for 4 months now, using it as my one and only bass in every gig, and I have 3-4 gigs a week.
    I just say i give up on my warwick. dont get me wrong, it has a superb flexible tone and the neck just fits perfectly with my big hands. BUT the weight is just killing my back, specially when i do jazz gigs which sometimes run from 1-2 hours a gig with no sitting (considering those good ol' 40's swing music on fast tempo.)

    I'm planning on tradin it. i have my eyes on Ibanez ROadgear RD900FM, the 05' edition.

    If you can give me reviews on that and also some recommendation on other basses too. (could be 5 or 4 string) possibly around the price of the trade money im gonna get.

    Thank you.
  2. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings
    Every think of grabbin a new strap? The strap I have right now seriously makes the bass feel lighter. It's made of Neoprene. Look into spending about 100 on a killer strap, instead of 1000 on a "maybe" bass.

  3. or even a neoprene "Comfort Strapp" for about 30-40 clams. man, if you dig the bass, it would be a shame to dump it. just a thought.
  4. groove100


    Jan 22, 2005
    Thanks Geddy Lee and bassman blue.

    i think i am not familiar with the "neoprene" strap.

    Maybe you can give websites so i can check it online, since the guitar center nearby doesnt have quality straps.
  5. How heavy is it? We do gigs up to four hours with three fifteen minute brakes. Some times longer if we have a good
    following on the dance floor. :hyper:
  6. Dbassmon

    Dbassmon Supporting Member

    Oct 2, 2004
    Rutherford, NJ
    Warwick is a fine bass. If it's heavy, then a better strap will help some but not enough. I have a bad back and it doesn't matter what strap I use, a heavy bass will cause me real discomfort.

    As far as going from Warwick to Ibanez... That's a step in the wrong direction. Plenty of light basses out there that sound great. Ibanez is not one of them in my opinion.

    Hard to make a recommendation with some idea of budget. I own a Jazz, two Warriors, a Roscoe and P-bass all around 6-8 pounds. Those basses range in price from $800 to $4000. All sound great and very different from one an other. I also own a spector which in about 12 pounds and it hurts the back to play that for a 3 or 4 hour gig.

    Ain't it great getting old?
  7. Hey, dont't forget, the FNA JazzMan 'Wicks are made of Ash, and are way lighter than the Bubinga bodied standards. If you dig the tone and bass itself, perhaps this version would suit you more?

  8. punch5


    Aug 23, 2004
    Hutto, Texas
    +1 on the FNA Jazzman.

    I've had back problems not related to playing, but I haven't had any problems with my FNA Jazzman 5. It might be worth checking out some official specs for the actual weight difference.

    Anything to keep from having to get rid of a bass with a tone you're happy with!! Not enough folks can say they've got that.
  9. groove100


    Jan 22, 2005
    yea i should definitely check on the FNA's
    thanks y'all
  10. kserg


    Feb 20, 2004
    San Jose, CA

    +1 i have a 5" strap and i dont feel anything... i love having a wide strap (then again i am a big guy).

    I used to have problems big time with weight but since i got a very nice leather strap that was wider then wide it feels very much better... try it dude... you might like it:) i hear TB strap is pretty confy... they are 4" but i think that be plenty good for confort...

    Good luck man:)


    ps i expect a comision as a sales man of this transaction:)
  11. groove100


    Jan 22, 2005
    thanks Kserg, i guess i should really get a quality bass strap.
  12. Rich600


    Nov 22, 2004
    I've never really had any problem with heavy basses, my 5 string is like a carrying a sack of coal, but I don't get tired shoulers, instead of changing you setup, have you ever thought about doing exercises to strengthen your shoulers, which would improve stamina, just an idea as I did a lot of kayaking for about 3 or 4 years and I can say without knowing for sure that it helped.
  13. Andy Brown

    Andy Brown Commercial User

    Jul 23, 2004
    Rhode Island
    Founder/Owner: Wing Instruments
    I firmly believe it's the width of the strap, and not the material that makes the difference. I've tried a Comfort Strapp and it did nothing for me (about 3" wide). I then went to one of those straps from http://www.slapring.de and at 4" wide, it does the trick. I'm sure anything 4" or wider would help tremendously. I also agree trying some simple freeweight excercises to strengthen the shoulders would help also... shoulder presses and shrugs. It's definate improved my stamina as far as playing time.