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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Gander, Oct 17, 2002.
Any quick, easy and cheap remedies for a neck heavy bass? Thanks for your input.
A wide leather with a "raw" surface can help a little.
Or you design something like this:
change out the tuners for hipshot ultralightes
Move the strap pegs to change the balance. Move the peg on the butt end of the bass up toward the top a couple inches. On my Kramer (aluminum neck -- talk about neck dive!), I also moved the upper horn peg to the body, near the heal of the neck. These mods changed the angle at which my bass rests.
Ultra lite tuners, high mass bridge (solid brass BadAss II ) and moving strap buttons are usually the only things you can do pretty easily. These was a thread I saw where someone made a Warwick Thumb balancer, but it looks really bad, and I wouldn't suggest that.
If you want something really drastic, take your bass to a pro and they can shave the neck and remove some wood, which would lighten the load some. But I personally would do that only as a last resort. It wouls kill any retail value, and in turn, you may not like the new neck profile, and you'd be stuck with a bass you don't like and can't sell.
I had a neck-heavy Warwick thumb for a while and finally the only real solution to the problem was to sell it and buy somehting else. Raising the height of the bass helped a bit because the overall neck height was better, but no straps or other things solved the problem. One change I didn't try, but have heard about, is to switch the strap button from the upper horn to the lower horn or to the lower edge of the body of the bass, thereby forcing a better balance.
Buying a Comfort Strapp brand strap did the trick for me. It completely eliminated neck dive and is easier than any physical changes. Try it! It's also very comfortable.
Thanks for taking the time to help me. Where can I see a Comfort Strapp?
Here is one of the many places that sell them online.
Guitar Center also carries them sometimes so you could look there if you want to actually see one. That might be a good idea though as they come in different sizes.
Thanks again, Guys. Next trip to Guitar Center I'll check out the Comfort Strapp.