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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by cbnutt, Feb 27, 2018.
Any chance some of these could be under 8 pounds ? like to find a new light one, sunburst , thanks .
Due to the natural differences in wood,
anything is possible.
With those or any other bass,
I wouldn't hold my breath counting on a sub 8 pound one.
Under 9, maybe.
I see them under 9 frequently. Under 8, never. Doesn't mean they don't exist but I've never seen one.
I have one, and have seen a few others ... the model that seems to consistently ran the lightest was the black one, I think they call it the '77 possibly .. I have had so many of these come and go through here I had a pretty good feel for them until they started changing to the super high gloss finish ... did not care for them after that, and I preferred the Duncan Designed pup over the Fender Designed anyway ... I have had two under 8 lbs, both the black version ... the heaviest I have had were the EARLY natural maple finish bodies, one approached 11 lbs, but right around 10 lbs seemed the heaviest for most of these ... IF ... I was looking for light, I would look for the oldest black VM I could find ... Vintage Modifieds were introduced in '07, and the were initially all natural maple if I remember correctly ... within a couple years the varieties began to appear ... early black body, maple style fretboard with the fake blocks, satin finish neck around 2010-11 range seemed to be a nice light run ... other than that it is a cr@pshoot ... I gave up on trying to keep up with all the changes a couple years ago, so my frame of reference is probably pre-2015 or so ...
By the way, the only one I have left, comes in a little over 7lbs, I think it is a 2010 ... I played it most of last summer when my back went out ... in fact it is the bass I am playing in my profile pic:
Iam guessing theres bound to be a few light ones out there , maybe ill just start calling a few stores if I can find some that stock the VM model, right now sweetwater is out , they list the weights .looks like there is a very few that are in the 7 something range, id like one if it was maybe around 8 .
I wouldn't be shocked to find one under eight. I have a VMFP that is under eight. It's not like a Jazz bass weighs exponentially more. Bear in mind that Fenders were not designed with an eight pound weight in mind, my P neck dives hard.
Any suggestions on some stores to call ?? Tried a few on ebay , but was told there all in the box and they just ship and dont take them out !! Local store has one thats a hair over 9 , felt "ok" but I think if I could hit close to 8 it would be about right . Thought id see if any of you guts know of some good stores, Thanks
Mine weighs 9 pounds 1 ounce. I think it's going to be hard to find one lighter than 9. To put things in perspective, my American Deluxe Strat weighs 8 pounds 6 ounces with a body and neck much smaller than a Jazz Bass.
Ive read a few reports in the 7 something range, both of my Telecasters are under 7 pounds , but might take a long time to find 8 or less in a Jazz , what little fiilling in I do on bass, I mostly do setting on a stool, so it may not matter in the long run , my Peavy Millinium is pretty light, its kind of spoiled me , but iam really wanting that Fender look, without going to a high end USA model .
Maybe look at the Classic Vibe series from Squier. No sunbursts, but they can be very light. Great basses too.
I think the Js are generally much heavier because Squier makes the P with basswood and J with alder. With the bigger body and heavier wood, the J seems quite a bit heavier. There are many VMPs that are in the 8-8.5 lb range and could easily be under 8 just by changing the tuners.
can new tuners take off 6 or 8 ounces ? that would help .
Not all the VMJs are alder. It depends on the finish.
I also don't think you'd gain anywhere near half a pound by changing tuners. Or not.
You do. You absolutely do. You lose about half a pound. Look it up.
anyone near a store that has a few VM Jazz,s in stock ?
I found one. Wasn't really looking - just picked it up at the store for giggles and couldn't believe how light it was. Actually went back tot he store to weigh it today - weighed and re-weighed it. 6 pounds 14 ounces - and I'm rounding up. I'm stupefied - I even asked, are my eyes bad, is this a mini? Nope.
Squier VM Jazz, sunburst, maple bound block inlays, and the knobs with numbers. I may have to buy it...