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Time to tell the truth: how much does your bass weigh?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Pilgrim, Feb 24, 2008.

  1. Goad

    Goad Grunt for Life

    Jun 22, 2015
    I see weight mentioned on here so much I'm not sure what the deal is. It's slung over one shoulder and you play it for roughly 2-3 hours depending. It's not back breaking at all and not sure what the big deal is.
    Of course, this is coming from a guy who did 25 mile road marches with a 75lb Ruck Sack...
  2. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    When you do one gig with an 11 pound bass, and the next one with an 8.5 pound bass, believe me, you can tell the difference. But yeah, some people get crazy over it.
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  3. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    At 68 years old, this matters more to me than it used to. In fact, it matters a LOT. I won't own a bass that weighs over 9 pounds. I prefer them under 8.

    They may be slung over one shoulder, but that can HURT even with a wide, padded strap. I don't need to go home after a gig with shoulder and neck pains from a heavy bass. I was reminded of this last night after a 3-hour gig.
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  4. Paulabass

    Paulabass Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2017
    My mustang under 6, to my Pushic-36"scale, ebony and maple at 13lbs. The rest fall in between somewhere.
    My last build, and currently my most played is an alder P bass 8lbs.15oz.
    No wonder I like this thing so much!

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    Last edited: Jul 10, 2018
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  5. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    I played a gig Friday using my Squier Bronco with the Gretsch 2202 pickup. Sounded GREAT, and was easy on my shoulder.

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  6. Paulabass

    Paulabass Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2017
    Great looking Mustang. Love the chrome logo (from a crate amp, right?) I've been thinking of blinging my mustang, and I have a couple of Dodge R/T badges left over. Red stripes, and that! Wow! Ooops...Bronco!
  7. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Chrome strips are automotive striping tape. V8 emblem is from AutoZone cheapo accessory aisle.
  8. Goad

    Goad Grunt for Life

    Jun 22, 2015
    I've got a Silver 1980 Z28 Emblem I'm going to do that with!! Cool looking mustang!
  9. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    "Resurrected" 1965 Silvertone Model 1444 - 6 lbs. 7 oz.
    Squier VM Jaguar SS - 6 lbs. 5 oz.
  10. At 72, I play as light as I can if I have to stand for any time at all. You don't wanna hear about all that's wrong with my skeleton and if I'd had known I'd last this long - well, we all know THAT story!

    Sitting is somewhat different (preferred, actually) and I will always have a stool onstage for when I want to sit!

    I sit a lot more nowadays! It's sit or Hydrocodone. Takes yer pick - bit I cannot be sure to play all the notes if I take the latter.
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  11. Goad

    Goad Grunt for Life

    Jun 22, 2015
    I'm at the age where if I hear something crack and I start walking different, to just say "I better start getting used to this"
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  12. led4thehed2


    Sep 29, 2008
    9 pounds 12 ounces
  13. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    In my younger days I carried 90 lb. bags of clay like they were nothing for my job building tennis courts. Spin ahead 45+ years and I'm paying for that now and I really appreciate lighter basses. Time is not on my side.
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  14. saabfender


    Jan 10, 2018
    94 MIM P-Bass 8lb. 12oz.
    94 MIM Jazz fretless 8lb. 8oz.
  15. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

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  16. My Squier CV 50's p-bass is 10.4lb.
    Tips on making it easier on the shoulder?
  17. Aidil


    Dec 4, 2014
    Jkt, IDN
    Distribute the weight to both sides of shoulder using Gruv Gear DuoStrap:


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