1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  
    TalkBass.com has been uniting the low end since 1998.  Join us! :)

Tricks to lower the weight on a bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by aparker82, Jan 25, 2014.

  1. aparker82


    Sep 19, 2012
    Howdy y'all,

    I love my Ray35 but at 10.4 pounds it doesn't take long till it starts to bother me, because of this I've been playing my P5 that comes in at 8.2 pounds instead.

    Are there some tricks for me to shave a couple of pounds off this bass?

    Thanks for your time.
  2. BassChuck


    Nov 15, 2005
    Try a 4" strap. After that you be spending money on ultralight tuners. Then cutting out wood. If that doesn't do the trick.... balloons, lots and lots of balloons.
  3. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    This is what I consider an irreparable defect. It's a real estate term used to describe an undesirable characteristic / condition which is difficult or impossible to remedy. Sell it and buy something lighter...I doubt if you'll be able to shave 2 lbs.

  4. aparker82


    Sep 19, 2012
    By cutting out wood would that be chambering, veneer and refinish?

    Any particular 4 inch strap?

    How much weight does changing the tuners drop?
  5. aparker82


    Sep 19, 2012
    Hmm, well bummer, maybe that is the proper route.

    Kinda like chasing a rabbit down the hole eh?
  6. If you really don't mind lots of people take chunks of wood out from under the pickguards.
  7. aparker82


    Sep 19, 2012
    I Suppose this takes the weight out without a refinish or anything else, does it kill the value?
  8. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I'd say...probably.
  9. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Only if you get caught. :D
  10. kcole4001


    Oct 7, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    Losing a bunch of wood will likely alter the tone, and possibly introduce neck dive depending on the current state of balance.

    If you love the bass now, really the only options are:
    install lighter tuners and live with it,
    sell it and find a lighter one (could be difficult since Rays tend to be heavy)
  11. If you are worried about value it sounds like you want to sell it eventually or you are worried it still won't be light enough for you. If either is the case tout are better off selling it. Check out the sterling by mm if you want something similar to the ray but want lighter weight.

    Edit: the sterling series, not the lower priced sterling by mm bases.
  12. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    It happens. I really wanna like EBMM basses but, on average, they're just too dang heavy.

    As others mentioned, you could chamber the body beneath the pickguard. I doubt if you'll reach the targeted reduction and the bass will end up amazingly unbalanced.

  13. aparker82


    Sep 19, 2012
    What does removing wood do to the tone?

    How much weight is dropped from light tuners?

    What are some good drop in tuners for a Sterling Ray35?
  14. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    It depends on how well the job was done I wouldn't worry there are others out there who also want light basses.
  15. aparker82


    Sep 19, 2012
    An unbalanced bass is worse than a heavy bass....that would be atrocious.
  16. aparker82


    Sep 19, 2012
    Biggest isssue I would have with this is the neck on the sterling is way to skinny....well..at least on the 4 string, is the 5 string a skinny neck too?
  17. aparker82


    Sep 19, 2012
    Hmm, that's a good point, I hadn't thought about that!
  18. Bass_Thumper


    Oct 20, 2009
    Madison, MS
    I would suggest sticking with it for a while if you like the tone of the bass. Eventually your back and shoulders will get stronger and you won't notice the weight.
  19. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    Yeah, EBMM Sterling's can be lighter. My 5 HH is about 9.5 lbs though (I think 9.3 on the digital scale), so still heavier than the OPs other bass.
    But worth trying out - there may be lighter ones out there, though a lot of stores don't have them to test drive.
  20. Smallmouth_Bass


    Dec 29, 2005
    I changed the tuners on one of my EBMM SR5's and they (Hipshots) are about 25% lighter than the stock Schallers. It was more to improve neck dive than to fix overall weight, which helped.

    I don't think there is a whole lot you could do to reduce the weight of a bass short of chambering the body and that would cost more than it's worth and reduce the value of the bass.

    The easiest solution would be to sell it and search for a lighter bass. I personally find anything over 9.5 lbs too heavy, but anything in the 8's is ideal, provided it balances well.