Lightweight bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by TrojanMan, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. TrojanMan


    Apr 14, 2011
    Sorry if this has been asked before. I did a quick search and couldn't find a similar thread.

    I'm looking for a bass that is on the lighter side(preferably 8-8 1/2 lbs).

    I'm in a wheelchair so I can only play sitting down. I currently have a Sterling Ray34. I love everything about the bass, but it's just too heavy for me. I'm lucky if I can play for more than 30 minutes before I start experiencing pain in my right leg(from the bass resting on it).

    My budget is $400 max. Anyone know of a brand or certain model that is on the lighter side?

    Thanks in advance for your help. :bassist:
  2. bassistjoe93

    bassistjoe93 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2011
    The hofner icon club bass is right in your price range (especially used) I dunno if you dig the hofner bass tone, its pretty thumpy, but they're super light (significantly less than 8 lbs.) and I personally liked the one I played.

    Good luck!
  3. arsie


    Jan 19, 2011
    Yeah, I walked away from a Ray34 because it was heavier than my SR4 :( Would be a big leap in tone from a Ray34 to a Hofner Club. :D Yeah, look at semi-hollows.

    You have a very specific need so you're probably best actually testing basses in the stores. Basses made of basswood or agathis would be lighter.

    Is there a way to rig the wheelchair to bear the weight of the bass? I am thinking something like this:

  4. TrojanMan


    Apr 14, 2011
    Thanks for the quick response.

    I play a wide variety of music from jazz to heavy rock. So I'm not sure how versatile that bass would be. I'll definitely check that bass out though.

    Thanks for the suggestion.
  5. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    Ibanez SR300. $300 at most internet stores. Very light weight, plays great and has excellent sound gettable out of it.
  6. TrojanMan


    Apr 14, 2011
    No unfortunately there isn't.
  7. MakoMan


    Oct 17, 2011
    Ottawa, Canada
    If you could find a used Vantage Quest bass you'd be all set. 5 lbs and being only 25" scale and a very small body should be very easy to play in a wheelchair. Would also consider a Squier Jaguar short scale for the same reason. Not as light or short as the Vantage but lighter and more maneuverable than a full size bass.
    Also a bit out there, but have you ever considered a Kala bass ukulele? Either the acoustic or solid body would be very light and comfortable for your situation.
  8. TrojanMan


    Apr 14, 2011
    Honestly I've never heard of them. I'm open to looking at anything though.
  9. TrojanMan


    Apr 14, 2011
    I'm liking the reviews I've read/watched online of this bass. Most of them have this bass at under 8 lbs. I'm going to check it out at guitar center tomorrow and try it out.

    Edit: Just found one of these on ebay for $179
  10. Zhuxel


    Apr 19, 2012
    I have a Luna Neo short bass and it's lighter than my guitar, and it plays great
  11. MakoMan


    Oct 17, 2011
    Ottawa, Canada
  12. ChuckO


    Feb 3, 2010
    Yamaha used to make a very lightweight guitar and bass. They were similar color and design scheme as an Ipod. I played one and was very surprised with how well it played, would have bought it if it was left handed.

    Schecter stilletos tend to run on the light side!
  13. Fender Precision Lyte. Made in Japan from about 89-95. Mine weighs about 6 pounds and sounds great with the stock pick ups and pre amp.

    Got it on Ebay for $295. You can find some from time to time and
    prices are usually in that range.

    No more back problems for me, I can gig it for hours .
  14. Fender Starcaster J bass, mine is about 5 or 6 lbs
  15. In that price range, about all you can do is go to local music shops and see if you can find basses you like and see what they weigh. There can be a wide range of weights from nice to boat anchors.
  16. Rob Martinez

    Rob Martinez

    Sep 14, 2005
    Can't get much lighter than a Hofner.
  17. I would consider a Hofner Ignition, either the Beatle or Club bass. I have a Club bass and the body is the same size as a Les Paul, and the Beatle is the violin shape you are probably familiar with. The Club is about 5 lbs. They are both 30" scale and with round wound strings, you can get about any tone you are looking for. I have gigged and recorded with the club, and had no problems with feedback and it sounds great. $300 to $400.
  18. TRichardsbass

    TRichardsbass Inactive Commercial User

    Jun 3, 2009
    Between Muscle Shoals and Nashville
    Bassgearu, Music Industry Consulting and Sales. Tech 21, NBE Corp, Sonosphere.
    Light wave Sabre bass. Tops out at 7 or 7.5, and you can get a huge variety of tones.