Jazz bass body weight question

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by bassdog, Jun 16, 2020.

  1. bassdog


    May 23, 2005
    Atlanta, Ga
    Hi. I'm considering doing a natural finish Jazz bass body change and want it to be on the lighter side. What would be a good raw piece weight for a Jazz body for the finished loaded body to be <6 pounds? About how much do the pups, bridge (bent plate), control plate, and electronics weigh? Any input would be much appreciated. Thanks!! Bob
  2. Arie X

    Arie X

    Oct 19, 2015
    in my stash i've got jazz parts: 2pu's, 3 pots & knobs with wiring, cap, nuts & washers, a wired jack, and a complete plate bridge. I don't have a loose chrome control cover plate or a pickguard to weigh for you though.

    these pieces weigh 14.3 oz on an electronic jewelers scale

    fender pg screws are .45g each
    fender pu screws are 1.06g each
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2020
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  3. bassdog


    May 23, 2005
    Atlanta, Ga
  4. bassdog


    May 23, 2005
    Atlanta, Ga
    Hey. thanks. With a plate and pg probably about 16 oz total it seems
  5. BLDavis

    BLDavis May the Tort be with you.

    May 21, 2009
    Ellenboro, NC
    Try a chambered body from Warmoth. You can get them down to around 4lbs with certain wood choices. And, if you call them they will hand pick a lightweight blank for you, for an extra fee. You probably won't get much under a pound for the pups and hardware so try to save every ounce you can in the wood.
    Just remember, if you get too much under 5.5 lbs for the loaded body, neck dive may be an issue. I had to go with ultralight tuners to get mine to balance out.
  6. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    empress wood or basswood would be lightweight wood options. on the other hand, a lightweight body could lead to neck dive...
  7. bassdog


    May 23, 2005
    Atlanta, Ga
    Thanks. Just too much $ for Warmoth and not looking for very light, just lighter. I appreciate the input. Don't want neck dive either. Thanks again, Bob
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  8. bassdog


    May 23, 2005
    Atlanta, Ga
    Hi and thanks for the input. I want an alder body that is on the lighter side of things. Don't want no neck dive. I think I found something in Hosco. 4.83 unfinished body. Thanks again for the input.
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