Most uncomfortable bass to play MUST BE 4 (or maybe 5) STRING!!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by RumbleMan3, Jul 4, 2018.

  1. RumbleMan3


    Apr 14, 2018
    Ok what is most uncomfortable, challenging 4 string (maaaaaybe 5) bass to play... The bass that bites back, that's not handed to you on a silver platter, something you have to work hard to play, like a bull trying to throw you off it's back. A bass that is just... A WILD BEAST WAITING TO BE TAMED!



    TRY TO INCLUDE THESE AS MUCH AS YOU CAN AND FIND BASSES THAT HAVE A LOT OF THESE FEATURES: heavy, lot of neck dive, fat chunky neck, little to NO body cuts, awkward string spacing, awkward hand placement (like pickup covers and little space to rest your thumb). Anything else?

    Thanks guys REALLY appreciate your digging!
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  3. Meyatch


    Nov 25, 2007
    Rickenbacker 4001/4003. Sound amazing, binding edge killed me.
  4. mojomike001


    Mar 28, 2013
    South Florida
    The most unpleasent bass I ever owned was a little Hofner Shortie. It weighed hardly anything, but was simply unconfortable to play either standing or sitting. The body was too small and shaped wierd. It suffered neck dive and it's tone wasn't very good. I was very happy to part with it.

    Hofner shortie.jpg
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  5. bkbirge


    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    Anything with LaBella Jamerson flats on it, it's like wrestling a sandbag that sings opera.
  6. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    For me, the Hofner 500/1.
    Not exactly uncomfortable, I often play an acoustic bass, but it feels like I'm going to break it.
    Is it all in my head?
    Sure, but that doesn't change my mind.
  7. sigterm

    sigterm ;) ;) ;), love y'all

    Feb 5, 2003
    Atlanta G of A
    Violin basses. I really really want to like them but they're so awkward in my hands and lap.
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  8. The most uncomfortable bass to play I own is a RI 62 Jazz, I hate the flat neck, nothing to grab onto. I bought a new J neck and while it's a little thicker I'm still going to have to get used to it. I've played mostly P's although I had a P bass once with a 66 Jazz neck and I liked that one it was a little rounder and felt more substantial. I'm also thinking of either Berry Oaklying it or Mel Schactering it, not sure if I want that single coil sound of the Hagstrom Bisonic or the big fat humbucker from an EB-0, we'll see. It needs more big fat mids.
  9. BassAndReeds

    BassAndReeds Guest

    Oct 7, 2016
    I owned a bass with an asymmetrical neck and hated it.
  10. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Just throw a set of split coil pickups, like Dimarzio or Duncans.
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  11. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    The most uncomfortable bass I've played had a string spacing of about 16mm, also anything over 9 1/2 lbs is uncomfortable to the point of being unplayable for me.
  12. Westone Spectrum GT
  13. Warwick thumb, I like the way they sound though.
  14. maxschrek

    maxschrek Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2006
    Chattanooga, TN.
    Never could get on with the ergonomics of a Charvel/Jackson.
  15. Paulabass


    Sep 18, 2017
    I think any Beatle bass fits all those criteria except heavy, but bad tone makes up for that.
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  16. Nighttrain1127

    Nighttrain1127 Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2004
    Near Worcester MA
    Ibanez BTB 400QM Has the widest neck I have ever encountered. So uncomfortable I flipped it after only 2 weeks.
  17. Jeffrey A-Bomb

    Jeffrey A-Bomb Drink Coffee & Destroy

    Oct 14, 2000
    Silver Spring, MD
    Gibson Thunderbird. The neck dive and overall weight/balance drove me nuts.
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  18. J Gold

    J Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2011
    A Dave Pushic custom I had built— the neck was thick but the middle of the back was totally flattened, like a bowl. I tried to love it but I had to sell it.
  19. Ric5

    Ric5 Inactive

    Jan 29, 2008
    I like 5, 8, 10, and 12 string basses
    4001 - pickup covers, binding, lame tailpiece

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  20. Ric5

    Ric5 Inactive

    Jan 29, 2008
    I like 5, 8, 10, and 12 string basses
    Peavey t-40 …. they weigh a ton

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