Light weight bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Ron A, Jun 20, 2019.

  1. Ron A

    Ron A

    Mar 19, 2019
    Hi all... I find now that I’m older and experiencing arthritis in my neck and shoulders I would like to find a good light weight, balanced bass. Wonder if any of you have purchased a light weight bass and what your thoughts are. Would probably be looking at a “ P “ but would not rule out a “ J “ Thanks for the help!
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  2. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

  3. I picked up a 2012 Squier Vintage Modified Precision, it weighs 7lbs 3oz (3.26kg) thanks to the Agathis body. Definitely possible to get a lower weight P.
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  4. DTRN


    May 10, 2019
    Twin Cities, MN
    I bought this in 2015 sight unseen for $149 to lay down some bass tracks. The best $150 I ever spent in my life. Light as a feather with awesome playability. Where was all of this back in the early 70's.
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  5. aproud1

    aproud1 Don't surround yourself with yourself. Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2007
    Cincy, OH
    Whats your budget?
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  6. RickC


    Jun 9, 2005
    Are you looking for suggestions for specific instruments, or also experiences with lw in general? For years I've been "collecting" basses that run 8lbs or less for comfort and back reasons. I have a bunch of them now. You can absolutely find great playing and sounding lw basses, but you may have to hunt a bit.

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  7. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
    Don’t know your budget, but I just got a Rickenbacker 4003SW Walnut. Can’t believe how light this bass is. Definitely under 8lbs.

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  8. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    For a lightweight standard type of bass that wouldn't dent my wallet to heavily I went with the Hofner Ignition Club Bass. Mine weighs in at 4 lbs 8 oz and is perfectly balanced on the strap with no neck dive.
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  9. SaucyJackBass


    May 6, 2009
    I have Birdsong CBass that is super light. Lightest bass I've ever owned by far.
  10. Sparkdog


    Sep 18, 2006
    Burbank, CA
    Lightweight is one thing (and a good thing!) Reverend twins.jpg but if the bass is neck heavy that will be even more uncomfortable than a heavy bass that balances right. I have a pair of Reverend Decision P basses that are both under 8 pounds (7 pounds 10 ounces for the Surf Green one, 7 pounds 13 ounces for the Powder Yellow one) and they still balance perfectly on a strap due to the lightweight tuners and extended upper horn. These are super comfortable to play, even on a 4 hour gig. I've been on a crusade to acquire light basses for years now, and that 8 pound mark is the sweet spot in my experience, meaning it's about as light as you can go without getting into neck dive territory and that is the worst ergonomic problem an instrument can have for me.
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  11. nilorius

    nilorius Inactive

    Oct 27, 2016
    Riga - Latvia
    If you want quality/price check out the Ibanez products. They have realy much lightweight models.
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  12. Can't tell where you are located. As far as new basses, Sweetwater has weights listed for new basses, at least for most of them.
  13. rmayer

    rmayer Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2008
    Boynton Beach, FL
    As previously asked...what's your budget?
  14. Yonni


    Oct 31, 2016
    For almost guaranteed lightweight, Ibanez will get you there pretty consistently and cheaply. I’m on the lookout for a lightweight Fender P. I’m in no rush so I just try whatever is on the shop floor when I’m passing a store. No luck yet though. Whereas, if I wasn’t fussed about the brand, I could pick up a light Ibanez P tomorrow at any number of shops.
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  15. Another vote for Ibanez. Anything in the SR line is very light, and gives off almost no pressure on the shoulders with even a thin strap. By comparison, my Fender Jazz has a thick, padded strap for my shoulder.

    If you can get something off the Ibanez Premium line, go for it.
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  16. Ron A

    Ron A

    Mar 19, 2019
    I have not really set a budget. Would like something in the middle $1.5k I guess or a good used one on Reverb
  17. dennis james

    dennis james

    Jun 30, 2018
    chicago area
    If money is not an issue Mike Lull makes amazingly lite weight basses. I have a VINTAGE JAZZ and a 54 P by him, both in the neighborhood of 7 1/2 lbs.
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  18. EricMordus


    Aug 29, 2013
  19. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    My G&L L2000 weighs 7.3 lbs...very few solid body full-scale basses weigh less.
    It's swamp ash, the weight of which can vary more than any other popular body wood I'm aware of, but Empress is also light, and even though G&L isn't using it right now, some Empress basses were still available the last time I checked Reverb.
    I would definitely suggest looking at some G&L SB-100s or JBs.
    Price is right in your ballpark and the sound, playability and quality is second to none.
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  20. Yonni


    Oct 31, 2016
    If you’ve got a budget like that a couple of people have told me the Lakland 44-64 custom PJ comes in very light. So I’m guessing the standard P would be lightweight too.
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