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Strap Balance

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Stu Rose, Nov 18, 2005.


  1. Greetings,

    I never really understood why so bass manufactuers or custom builders never figured out how to design their basses with proper balance.

    Its seems many come up with a Cool Looking Body Shape and that takes priority over practicality.

    I left out names of who I think have weak designs because in the short time I've been a member I noticed there's a lot of political correctness going on so I don't want to be called a basher by anyone.

    What do you all think about this?
     
  2. Fretless5verfan

    Fretless5verfan Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2002
    Philadelphia
    I've never come across a higher-end bass that didn't balance well. My roscoe has a little neck dive at times, but it's a 6-string and honestly i'd rather have the neck dive than have the overall weight increased for balance.

    Side note: Where you at in philly man? We might live near each other.
     
  3. Greetings,

    I owned a Roscoe 5 and it was made well, sounded great, bad, bad, balance.

    1. Small Body to start
    2. Short upper horn it needs to be at least to the 12th fret not the 14th or 15th
    3. long neck 24 fret

    Any 24 fret bass needs to have a longer upper horn. F bass, Ken Lawrence, Smith is close, the fender clones work with a 20, 21 fret neck after that they have to re-shape the body.

    I'm from Philly now transplanted to Jersey.
     
  4. danman

    danman

    May 18, 2004
    Philadelphia, PA
    philly representing!

    danman
     
  5. Fretless5verfan

    Fretless5verfan Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2002
    Philadelphia

    I also dislike the short horn and tiny body on my roscoe, but i'm used to crapy balance from playing six strings. It balances great on my leg thankfully.

    Why on earth would you go to jersey from living in philly!?!? :eek: :p
     
  6. I am yet to come across a mid-high range bass [ok, so I've only played a Stingray and Stingray5] with bad balance. My basses have good balance. My TangleWood Nevada 4 bass has horrible balance, but that's more because it's so top heavy. Can anyone tell me what the body on one of these is made out of?
     
  7. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    Philadelphia
    Yo to that!
     
  8. NJL

    NJL

    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    This is one of the worst issues I have with my Corvette 6 - it is a neck diver. I really love the tone, but the balance sucks....

    :)
     
  9. Groundloop

    Groundloop

    Jun 21, 2005
    Toronto
    I think most (if not all) manufacturers have figured out how to design basses with proper balance. Some,like Warwick, have just decided to ignore the issue on some models (Thumb Bass), but not on others (Streamer Bolt-On). In some cases, if you love the sound, you'll put up with bad balance. And, to a certain segment of the bass buying public, aesthetics come first. Why else would Traben put big chrome flames on their basses? Some people (not me) think it looks cool.

    That being said, I'm glad that some manufacturers throw balance to the wind, and just build a bass that looks good. I may not want to buy it, but I'm glad it exists. If all the builders (and players) decided "Balance is King", there'd be even more similiar looking basses than there are now.

    I'm glad that bass makers (especially the independents), keep coming up with new designs, rather than being stuck in the late 50's like g***** players.

    Sorry if this was a little rambley. I just wanted to say...Damn! I forgot! :D
     
  10. Greetings,

    I guess you got a good point, people don't care that much if it looks good.