I See the Light: Lightweight Basses Rule!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Sep 17, 2006.

  1. westland


    Oct 8, 2004
    Hong Kong
    Does anyone use a stand, like a Gracie stand, to take weight off of their shoulders?

    I'm partial to my Ritter and Rob Allen, weighing in around 7 and 6 lb respectively ... Ritter uses advanced design and clever materials to keep things fat and punchy (actually the tone if very versatile) while the whole concept of the Rob Allen is minimalist and light
  2. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY

    Lightweight is where its at. Heavier sounds better is a fallacy. Many luthiers feel the same way. Here are my 4. The heaviest is the caramel burst at 8.5lbs. The other 3 hover at 8.25lbs or less!!


  3. A9X


    Dec 27, 2003
    I've never found weight to be an issue and I'm not that big (172lb), but rather more to do with the ergonomics of the bass. I can carry a backpack that's much heavier than any of my basses for hours, providing it's well centred and balanced. An instrument that for whatever reason, sits and/or has a balance point too far the the left (I'm right handed), becomes uncomfortable very quickly.
    Moving strap pins, making and installing extenders etc solves the problem often, but I understand why some are reluctant to do that.
  4. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY

    Im reluctant to do that because I play 4 hours a night, 180 nights a year. Not to mention, Ive owned many basses that deliver "the tone" without weighing in at 11lbs. Not just what I play now but a couple Roscoes, a Fodera, Pensa, MTD, etc. All thumped my bones under 9lbs


    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    Light basses are pleasure to play :cool:
  6. A9X


    Dec 27, 2003
    No argument with tone etc, or finding what you like in a package that suits. Just making an observation based on my experience and struggles because of some old injuries. I find most full size basses uncomfortable, but I played for two hours once with a Steinberger with a 5kg (XL2 =4.5kg) weight attached to the ends of the strap so that the weight was centred with my spine and noticed no significant difference in comfort levels. I have a friend who's a physio and specialises in rehabilitation of workplace injuries and the experiment was based upon a comment and observation she made when I strapped on a bass in front of her.
  7. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY

    Im about the same size as you, Dharma. About 170lbs. Just found that if you take your time and find a light, well made instrument, your problems go away. A good luthier knows how to build a bass that is light and balances well on your body. Good luck in your search

  8. A9X


    Dec 27, 2003
    Agreed Rob. However in Oz, options are somewhat more restricted than the US, and I don't mind adding a hole to a cheaper bass that works for me. With a custom, I can specify where I want it to balance and where I want the strap pins, at least to some extent, but customs are expensive.
    I think the ergonomics of the bass are one of the last things considered, all the way back to Leo, and just about every design since then apes his original in that aspect.

    This is no comment upon anyone in particular, or their basses or choices, just my own philosophical rant.
    Sorry if I've inadvertently threadjacked.
  9. bah, I weigh 145 pounds, and my Fender is ash, 11-12 pounds :smug: no worries at all. It all depends on how you hold it, and how wide is your strap, I have my bass at gut level, and my strap is 4" wide. But I would love to try a light bass, never have :eek:
  10. Daytona955i


    Feb 17, 2005
    Albany, NY
    You'd be surprised how much of it is the strap you have. Those that have sold great basses that they felt were too heavy... did you try another strap first?
  11. WarriorJoe7

    WarriorJoe7 Inactive

    Mar 12, 2004
    Syracuse, NY
    I didn't know cirruses came in swamp ash. I thought they were bubinga, walnut, wenge, redwood, and maple
  12. BartmanPDX

    BartmanPDX Supporting Member

    Posture plays a role too. When I'm spending a lot of time looking at the fretboard or adjusting knobs, I'm beding over a little, and my back gets tired quicker. When I'm standing up straight and just groovin', I can play even my old Peavey T-40 for a LONG time without getting tired or sore.
  13. christle


    Jan 26, 2002
    Mine was made custom for NAMM and I purchased it as a demo. Pics are in my avatar and in the Show Your Ash thread.
  14. Hapes-Nova


    Jun 11, 2006
    yeah, you can custom order Cirruses with many different wood combinations

  15. lefty007


    Jan 19, 2004
    Miami, FL
    Yep, it is all within the process of aging: You start favoring lighter basses, wearing earplugs, getting "neo" speakers and Class-D amps, and wearing nothing but New Balance shoes.

    Yes, lightweight basses rule!


  16. dangnewt

    dangnewt Veteran Dispenser

    Jun 6, 2003
    MetroWest Boston
    :eek: I haven't started to wear earplugs yet and I don't know what class my amp is but 3 out of 5 means I'm well on my way.
  17. Akito


    Dec 1, 2003
    Boy you want a light bass, try an Elric sometime. I played a 4 string that I would swear was the lightest bass I have ever played. It sounded really good too.
  18. Sheesh, I'm 25 and I wear nothing but NB's. My feet are like spatulas (barely size 10 but EEEE) so nothing else fits! :bawl: Wearing earplugs is common sense, as well.

    I'll never give up my tube power though, NEVER!
  19. christle


    Jan 26, 2002
    (looks around at gear) hmmm....that reminds me. I need new shoes :p
  20. policyvote


    Jul 31, 2006
    Holt, MI
    I'll weigh my Gretsch Thunderjet in a month or so when I get it off layaway--but I know from playing it regularly before I put it away that it's absolutely feather-light! Short scale, semi-hollow, I'd be surprised if it weighed seven pounds.


    PS--it's chambered mahogany, so believe me when I say it puts out the bottom end!
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