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P5 weight?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Thumper, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. Thumper


    Mar 22, 2000
    Layton, UT
    I have pretty much narrowed down my new bass search to a P5 but want a sub 9 pounder. Most of those for sale have been over 9 lbs. Has anyone seen one at less then 9 or am I chasing a mythical creature? Having a custom made is out of the question since my Zon 5/1 is getting the job done, I'm primarily looking for a backup.
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  3. Thumper


    Mar 22, 2000
    Layton, UT
    Ok, thank you. I'm not sure that was real helpful to me though, a sample size of 3 doesn't tell me a whole lot: 8.3, 9.5, 9.6 lbs respectively. Even in this limited sample size, I guess I can throw out the high and low, so for now I can expect 9.5 lbs which is too much for me, it could take a while to find one under 9 lbs. I suppose I can put something in the Basses Wanted, but I don't believe many people go there. I did a for sale search and found a couple in the 9.3 lb range.
  4. Jason Brown

    Jason Brown Supporting Member

    May 1, 2000
    SLC, UT
    I don't have a scale, but I have no doubts that mine is over 9 pounds.
  5. Thumper


    Mar 22, 2000
    Layton, UT
    Hey Jason, I see you are just down the road from me, did you get yours locally? The GC in Roy doesn's stock them.
  6. Jason Brown

    Jason Brown Supporting Member

    May 1, 2000
    SLC, UT
    Yep, I ordered it from the Guitar Czar. I've only seen one other there back in '08. Never seen one at either GC.
  7. joelb79


    Mar 22, 2006
    Lansing, Michigan
    The two on the guitar gallery at Sweetwater weigh 9lbs 10oz each. It might be hard to get one that is lighter than 8lbs considering all the weight the neck and extra tuner adds.
  8. Gougedeye

    Gougedeye Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2008
    Central Washington
    Does your P5 have to be a Fender? I have a Mike Lull PJ5 that weighs 7.5 lbs. I played a Lull P5 at the NAMM show last week that was 7lbs. You might contact him with your requirements. You might also try the Fender Custom Shop. Good Luck.
  9. MegaSwing

    MegaSwing Your Obedient Bassist® Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2002
    Baltimore, MD USA
    It exists. I had one for awhile, an '08 model, that felt particularly light for a 5-string. Turned out it weighed 8.6 pounds. Thin neck. Could have been even lighter, because the tuners were heavy, causing a little neck dive. It's out there somewhere; believe me.
  10. Jason Brown

    Jason Brown Supporting Member

    May 1, 2000
    SLC, UT
    Ooh, yeah, Custom Shop.
    Do you still have your connection friend?
  11. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003

    I had a fender Amer. Std. 2008 P-5
    Weight 8.3 pounds.
    The early one 2008-2009 seem to be lighter?
  12. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    My 2010 weighs 8.7lbs. I didn't go looking for the lightest one. I just ordered one & that's what came outta the box.

    Black & Maple for what it's worth.
  13. Thumper


    Mar 22, 2000
    Layton, UT
    Yeah, still have my connection, but I don't to spend that kind of $ for a backup bass. I may just wait for a light P5 to become available, or look into something else. I think any 5er with a 1.85 neck will do. Does anyone know if a databass of basses like that exists (I tried a search but nothing came up)?
  14. Jason Brown

    Jason Brown Supporting Member

    May 1, 2000
    SLC, UT
    I don't know of any databases with nut width info. I do know the J5s have the same neck as the Ps (I love these necks!). There's a candy cola J5 at the Czar. Not sure about the weight. Maybe you could call and ask if interested.
  15. jaibeau

    jaibeau my fingers hurt

    Nov 12, 2006
    Endorsing Artist:MIKE LULL Eden/washburn (usmusiccorp) Ernie Ball
    Regardless, buy one-
  16. BFunk

    BFunk Supporting Member

  17. Baird6869

    Baird6869 LET'S GO BLUE JAYS...(in 2016)...LET'S GO!!

    My 2010 was JUST under 9lbs, and that was a light one.

    I bet it would be nearly impossible to find one under 8.5.
  18. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Fender is making them so nice too. Get in on it before they screw it up with some 'new' ideas.
  19. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

    May 5, 2008
    Orange County, California
    My P5 is about 9.5 but well balanced, no neck dive. Very comfy.
  20. Thumper


    Mar 22, 2000
    Layton, UT
    I have one inbound, 8.5 lbs maybe a little less! 2010 and black/maple just what I wanted!