My new bass hurts me. What should I do?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jurberg, Jul 19, 2017.

My new bass hurts me. What should I do?

Poll closed Jul 26, 2017.
  1. Return it while there's still time. An affordable bass with piezo and magnetic isn't in the cards

    80 vote(s)
  2. Suck it up. Take some ibuprofen and soldier on.

    2 vote(s)
  3. Learn some proper technique.

    27 vote(s)
  1. I picked up a SpectorCore 5 off used guitar center a few weeks ago. I got it setup to my liking and even used it last Sunday. While not perfect, I'm enjoying having a lightweight bass with both a magnetic and piezo pickup.

    This week my left wrist, forearm and fingers started to bother me. My right wrist also was sore, but not as much as the left. My theory is the 35" scale is causing the issues with my left hand. I also think I've gotten used to the larger body on my MTD and now the small body is making it harder on my right hand.

    There's still plenty of time to return this to Guitar Center. Should I just return it and look at short scale basses or are there ways to change my technique to make it usable for me? If there's some technique changes, please make some suggestions.

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  2. doodahwarrior

    doodahwarrior Inactive

    Dec 16, 2015
    Lots of fish in the sea. Take it back.
    Or simply hurt it back.
  3. saltydude


    Aug 15, 2011
    boston CANADA
    Play it sparingly for the next week or so. Give your hands etc. a breather to heal.
    I've found every time I've made even slight adjustments to either the strap length or a different bass than I'm accustomed to it can spell disaster. My body always goes through a little adjustment period. If after a few weeks the pain isn't subsidizing make a decision then whether or not to return it.
  4. ZenG

    ZenG Guest

    Take it back and get a bass that doesn't do that.
  5. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone Inactive

    Feb 23, 2011
    Yeah, take it back before it can hurt you for good and you are stuck with a bass you either don't want or can't play.

    And don't be afraid to chose a short scale if that turns out to be the right bass for you.

    Poul McCartney, Jack Bruce, Stanley Clarke and Mike Watt was not.

    If a short scale is good enough for them, then surely it ought to be good enough for everyone.
  6. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    I loved, loved, loved my Spector NS5-CRFM, but it hurt my wrist. I toughed it out for nearly three years hoping for a different result. I can't hang with 35's, that was stupid of me putting my wrist thru that for that long.
    IOW, look for something else.
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  7. Scottkarch


    Sep 11, 2012
    Sorry to hear about your hand. I have a spectorcore fretless and I'm pretty sure they are 34" scale not 35. Did you measure or read that it's 35"

    Maybe tweak the strap?
    ------ edit-------
    Sorry. Spector shows it as 35. I had no idea.
    WOOD: 3pc Maple; Bolt-on
    FINGERBOARD : Rosewood, with dot markers
    NUMBER OF FRETS: 24 or Fretless
    RADIUS: 16"
    WIDTH AT NUT: 1.75"
  8. MMiller28

    MMiller28 Supporting Member

    Apr 27, 2003
    What is the scale length of your MTD?
  9. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

    I really don't understand this.
    A 35"scale bass is only one inch longer that a 34" scale bass.
    And it causes wrist problems?

    Try angling the neck more to a 45 degree angle?
  10. Asat77


    Apr 29, 2015
    If you can't do a thing on your bass that may help play it without any pain, I should bring it back immediately. Injuries by playing bass can take years before they are over.
  11. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    IMO, the ergonomics of the Spector leaves something to be desired. The upper horn is too short and the headstock mass makes for an imbalanced instrument, at least on the 5 string. OTOH, I had no problem with the 34" Warwick Streamer 4's.

    Edit: just looked at the specs a little more closely. The lightweight chambered body coupled with a conventional full-size neck & headstock does not help the situation.

    Last edited: Jul 20, 2017
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  12. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    Experiment with different strap heights or sitting down positions. Sometimes, some basses just don't fit right for certain people. I love the sound of a Warwick Thumb 5 but I could never own one. Completely uncomfortable for me. Just sits on me weird. A short scale is maybe a bit extreme. Maybe a last ditch effort. Plenty of 34 in basses out there.
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2017
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  13. bob atherton

    bob atherton

    Mar 8, 2005
    Life is too short and there are plenty of basses to chose from. Personally, I would take it back.
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  14. shawn1288


    Apr 20, 2013
    Take it back and try the new Ibanez with piezo it's a neat affordable bass
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  15. Boristhespyder

    Boristhespyder Guest

    Feb 12, 2016
    My Rickenbacker feels fine to me. Every 34" bass I have owned has caused me problems so, yes, that small amount can cause issues.
  16. It's a CRB 5 which is a 34" scale
  17. murmur70


    May 3, 2017
    I say give it some time. Your body may adjust. You've got 30 days don't you?
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  18. As a Spector guy, I can tell you that the 35" scale could very well be the culprit. But Spectors also have a different center of balance as the top horn (and strap pin) live around the 14th fret. While wearing the bass on a strap, that pushes everything to the left about 2", couple that with the wider fret spacing of the 35" scale, and that could very well be where the discomfort is coming from. It's become a problem for myself, unfortunately. Just a theory.
  19. HubbardsFate


    Oct 18, 2006
    I owned a Rickenbacker 4003 for a number of years.

    To this day, I have never owned another bass that caused me so much wrist pain. And I never will again, no matter how many of my heroes might play it. :laugh:
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