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making a lightweight 5-string bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by krg, Apr 3, 2009.


  1. krg

    krg

    Mar 20, 2009
    I play an Ibanez SR 5-string, and love the meaty sound like Dave Hope of Kansas got. However, I have back trouble, and need a lighter-weight bass. Don't want to revert to a 4-string, either.

    I want to buy a short-scale 4-string with active pickups, replace the nut & bridge, and make it a 5-string. (I play with a pick, so I don't need as much string separation.)

    I want to keep the meaty-sound. And I don't want to spend a lot of money.

    Ideas on an inexpensive lightweight 4-string? Or ideas from anyone else who has tried to do this?
     
  2. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Wow! I've never found Ibanez SR's to be heavy! All seem very light to me! I owned a SR505 and it was very light. Any lighter then you get into high end/custom bass territory. Sadowsky's can be pretty light due to body chambering
     
  3. Buskman

    Buskman

    Apr 13, 2007
    Jersey Shore, USA
  4. Squier Vintage Modified P bass. Very lightweight. Dave Hope usually used a Fender Precision and the VM basses are very nice for the money.
     
  5. mongo2

    mongo2

    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I've built lightweight 34 inch scale solidbody 4 strings (5.5 lbs is my lightest, so far) but I haven't tried a building a similarly lightweight 5 string...yet.
     
  6. krg

    krg

    Mar 20, 2009
    Mongo2, how did you build your 34" 5.5-lb 4-string? Ordering individual parts from a place like warmoth.com? (What was the cost?)
     
  7. powerbass

    powerbass Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2006
    western MA
    you might want to look into Rob Allen's basses or make a post on the Luthier's forum. I made my own chambered fretless bass and it weighs just a few pounds. I believe warmoth makes chambered bodies. Then you will want to use Ultralight Hipshot tuners on a compact headstock.
     
  8. HogieWan

    HogieWan

    Feb 4, 2008
    Lafayette, LA
    I just don't equate a "meaty-sound" to a short scale bass played with a pick. If you have to compromise size, you'll have to compromise something else as well
     

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