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Lightening a Northern Ash body.

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by 59jazz, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. 59jazz

    59jazz Infinite Rider on the Big Dogma Supporting Member

    I found THE bass that fits me, one problem with it; it's 10.5 lbs. It'a Sterling 5HH made of northern ash. Is it possible to have the back of the body planed down .25" and route channels, to lighten it by 1 lb and cap it off? The body is small, @ 19x12.5x1.75".......or should I just build a Swamp Ash body? If I could bring this down to the 9-9.5 lb range, without swapping the stock tuner to Hipshots, I'd be happy with it.
  2. Sounds like a lot of work when a swamp ash body would be a much easier fix.

    However, before you spend a whole bunch of dollars, lightweight tuners and a wide strap might be a much easier solution. Why not try them first?

    And yes I know what you mean about the weight. I have a Stringray 5H.

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