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lightweight basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by davkane, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. davkane

    davkane Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2007
    It has come to my attention that I am getting older (geez I am only 41) and the stupidity of my youth have come back to haunt me... My left shoulder is not what is was and holding heavy basses in putting a toll on it.

    I just got rid of a Kramer XL8 because it was to heavy, I got a ESP B-208FM 8-String (as part of a trade) which seems to be about the right weight.

    Anyway, I have a 1989 MIJ Fender Jazz Fretless, which feels quite heavy, and I am looking to replace it with either a lighter fretless 4 string, or a lighter fretted 5 string, at a price point of $500 or less...

    Any ideas on good (reasonably cheap) 4 string fretless and fretted 5 strings?
  2. bongomania

    bongomania Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
  3. You might try getting a nice big comfy strap before you go buying basses...they really do work.
  4. davkane

    davkane Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2007
    Thanks bongomania, neat bass!

    Thanks Mutant Corn, I have tried the straps, but I still have the issue. My XL8 was a daily player until I could not put in on becuase of the pain, I had a real nice wide strap. I had also used a strap cover with gel inserts or soemthing like that. I loved the XL8, but I coudl not make it comfortable to play over the past few years.
  5. ga_edwards


    Sep 8, 2000
    UK, Essex
    You may want to look at the Yamaha RBX4-A2 and 5-A2. Only fretted AFAIK, but incredibly light with a full bodied tone. The styling on the other hand is akin to Marmite, you'll either love it or hate it.
  6. Agreed.
    Personally don't like them, but Yamaha RBX A-2 basses are like feathers.
    And as previously said, they have a nice tone.
    Believe it or not they sound good.

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