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Light and Inexpensive Bass. Any Ideas?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by sammedit, Oct 31, 2005.


  1. sammedit

    sammedit

    Oct 31, 2005
    I play a 5 string Ernie Ball stringray and it weighs a ton. I just can't seem to rock hard enough with it. I can't jump high enough and I cant hit it on the drummers crash hard enough. Too scared to hurt it or it hurt me. Anyways, I am looking for a super light back up bass that is around $500 or less. Do any of you know anything out there like that? Thank you.
     
  2. Vox Populi

    Vox Populi Reggae Loving Honkey

    Jan 27, 2004
    Poulsbo, WA
    MTD Kingston 5, used. Theres a few on Ebay right now.

    They have a similar tone to your EBMM, but most of them are passive (there's an active modded one on Ebay right now). They're also cheaper than $500 used. And very light.
     
  3. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I don't know hwat they sound like, but it seems that Dean Sledgehammers might fit your bill too.
     
  4. christle

    christle Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    Winnipeg, MB
    Peavey Fury or Millennium. Any Ibanez or Yamaha should do it for you.
     
  5. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    California
    Steinberger Spirit 5.
     
  6. Beav

    Beav Graphics Whore

    Jul 17, 2003
    Middle Tennessee
    Designer: Beav's Graphics
    I second the Ibanezs. Especially the Soundgears
     
  7. Fender P-Bass Lyte.


    - Andrew
     
  8. Rockbass Corvette.

    You'll forget you have it strapped on they're so light!
     
  9. bigbeefdog

    bigbeefdog Who let the dogs in?

    Jul 7, 2003
    Mandeville, LA
    Cort Curbow.

    I was surprised by one (enough to get me to open up my wallet and take it home), and it's light as can be (it's not wood, y'know). Active with Bart pup & pre, 3-band EQ. Fast neck.

    Got a 4 for $300; fiver wouldn't be much more.
     
  10. SteveC

    SteveC Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    My Yamaha BB605 is really light. They go for about $400.
     
  11. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
  12. Czar

    Czar

    May 6, 2003
    New Jersey
    The new "The Bass Company" basses are sussposed to be very light. I havent had any experience with one but they look like are feature packed.

    I have a TBC jazz on the way. I had to check em out.
     
  13. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Mtd kingston is far superior to the ibanez's

    They are amazingly light, amazing neck,and the best passive tone i have heard in a while.
     
  14. IotaNet

    IotaNet Supporting Member

    I have been checking them out as well. Did you buy a new instrument or one of their "B stock" models?
     
  15. MrWalker

    MrWalker Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2002
    Norway
    The lightest bass I've played is probably the Cort Curbow. It's also a good value for the money. I would expect the MTD Kingston to be of higher quality, but the CCurbow is a great value for the money, and is ultra-light.

    Personally, I love my CCurbow. :D
     
  16. purfektstranger

    purfektstranger

    Apr 10, 2003
    Canada
    Spector basses are light. I have a Q4 Pro and it plays great for the price. You could pick one up used for under 300.....
     
  17. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Honestly, I wouldn't worry about jumping around or hitting the drummer's crash with your bass. I've been rocking out for years without this, and so have many others. There's more to playing than abusing your bass, trust me.

    BUT.... if you insist in ruining a bass, something besides an Ernie Ball. I played a really light OLP of my buddy's. He threw in all Basslines electronics and it sounded close to a Stingray, but weighed a lot less. He took that to gigs on the wrong side of town in place of his SR5.
     
  18. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Anything made of Basswood. Poplar is also quite light.
     
  19. Ibanez Soundgear, anyone?