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Leightweight 5 string bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by wneff, Feb 12, 2018.

  1. wneff

    wneff Supporting Member

    May 27, 2003
    Woburn, MA
    what would you guys and girls recommend for a lightweight 5 string bass with the following requirements:

    - 34" scale length
    - 24 frets
    - 9 lbs or lower
    - Versatile sound

    Ideal would be a Lakland 55-02 with 34" and 24 frets - or a G&L M2500 with split coil options and 24 frets and 9 lbs ....what do you think?
  2. el_Bajo_Verde


    May 18, 2016
    I was actually thinking an Ibanez SR series bass! They fit your criteria
  3. Aidil


    Dec 4, 2014
    Jkt, IDN
    +1 the Ibanez SR
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  4. cattrax


    Oct 17, 2010
    SW Florida
    Yes, Ibanez. My SR505 is 8 lbs, 12 oz. Well balanced on a strap too.
  5. mark beem

    mark beem I'm alive and well. Where am I? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    Alabama, USA
    What's your budget?
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  6. wneff

    wneff Supporting Member

    May 27, 2003
    Woburn, MA
    ..basically up to 2k - I want something I would not be too scared too bring on stage LOL.
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  7. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I'm thinking poke around the Kiesel site. And when you find a model you like, call them and ask about lightweight woods and electronics options.
  8. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    I'd start looking at Mike Lull, Lakland and Sadowsky basses in the TB classifieds.

    Then again, in a couple of months the MetroExpress basses will be on the market.
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  9. el murdoque

    el murdoque

    Mar 10, 2013
    +1 on the Kiesel.
    My trusty old Carvin BB75 fits all of the criteria.
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  10. kittywithabanjo

    kittywithabanjo Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2014
    Coquitlam. BC
    Maybe the new Sadowsky metroexpress.
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  11. Oneud

    Oneud Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2016
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  12. Low84

    Low84 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    Certainly the magic question that can separate dreams from nightmares.
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  13. AcridSaint

    AcridSaint ベーシスト Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2012
    I don't play well.
    You can build one with some of the sub-4lb Warmoth bodies and order a neck with graphite rods and lightweight tuners :D
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  14. Mechayoshi


    Dec 7, 2015
    Ibanez will be the best ubiquitous choice, though they are always active with soap bars so not the best variety.

    If 24 frets wasn’t an requirement, I would have suggested a Peavey Millennium.


    Feb 10, 2016
    Michigan USA
    Have you looked at the Gibson EB5, super light, Babicz bridge, passive. Plays nice, good tone, less than $900.
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  16. mark beem

    mark beem I'm alive and well. Where am I? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    Alabama, USA
    Yep that would be my choice were I in the market. No 24 fret models but how often are you really gonna use those last 3 frets anyway?

    MetroExpress Basses – Sadowsky Guitars
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  17. JACink


    Mar 9, 2011
    I believe this is the first time that I have seen one of these recommended in a thread.

    I am not saying there is anything wrong (or right) with the suggestion, as I have never played one, it just struck me as a break from the norm :thumbsup:


    Feb 10, 2016
    Michigan USA
    I am a break from the norm! :D Not my cup of tea but somewhat interesting, and despite the very light weight it is very well balanced, somewhat akin to some MTD's iv'e played.
  19. GroovyBaby

    GroovyBaby G&L Fanboy

    Oct 19, 2007
    Huntingdon, PA
    My G&L l2500 in Empress in 7.8 lbs and super versital. I love the neck!
  20. aproud1

    aproud1 Don't surround yourself with yourself. Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2007
    Cincy, OH
    Love mine and it is light. Kept it over several lightweight Higher end 5 stings.

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