weight matters to some of us...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by pcake, Mar 2, 2024.

  1. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    i've been watching the spector performer 4 basses at sweetwater.

    i've noticed over the past few weeks that the lightest one listed is the one that sells next, regardless of color. i've watched a bunch sell by now, and all the lightest ones are gone LOL not that the performer is a heavy bass.
     
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  2. LadyLoveStingRay5

    LadyLoveStingRay5

    Jul 17, 2004
    Sounds about right.
     
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  3. Snert

    Snert

    Oct 3, 2021
    Many bassists are obviously lightweights.
     
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  4. Geri O

    Geri O Endorsing Artist, Mike Lull Guitars and Basses Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 6, 2013
    Florence, MS
    There it is….
     
  5. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

    But does it balance on a strap with out touching it?
     
  6. Snert

    Snert

    Oct 3, 2021
    It was meant as humour as I've read pcake's struggles with injury and finding the correct bass.
     
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  7. wraub

    wraub

    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    My P Bass gets played a lot for many reasons, but that it's not heavy is definitely one of them.

    pcake, I hope you find the bass that's right for you.
     
  8. Geri O

    Geri O Endorsing Artist, Mike Lull Guitars and Basses Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 6, 2013
    Florence, MS
    I’m sorry, I meant my response that way as well.

    I’ll do better.

    Thanx and cheers….:D
     
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  9. AQUANOVA

    AQUANOVA Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Santa Monica,CA
    A light bass is a joy to play.
    My lightest bass, Fender American P, is 7lbs 13oz, gets played the most.
     
  10. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    I’m not surprised by that.

    Hey, P, why don’t you message your Sweetwater candy fiend and tell them your criteria? I bet they’d be glad to flag the best choice.
     
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  11. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    A pint of vodka >> pint of beer.
    Now I know.
     
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  12. micguy

    micguy

    May 17, 2011
    Probably not - 16th fret strap attachment means it's very likely to neck dive. Even if it doesn't, the reach to the first fret will be more than a typical FSO layout.
     
  13. r_bnks

    r_bnks Supporting Member

    Not to me.

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  14. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Too light is bad. 7.5 - 9 LB is good for me but about 8 3/4 Lb is my sweet spot. Not my business what anyone else prefers unless I am building one for them.
     
  15. Wesley R

    Wesley R Supporting Member

    On Thursdays I complained a lot about my shoulders hurting. My mom reminded me that I spent six or more hours at band practice on Wednesday evenings.

    I doubt if I could do a five hour stand up gig with that thing anymore. Time was it didn't hurt at all.
     
  16. tb-player

    tb-player Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2019
    I totally get this. I’ve been known to contact my sales engineer and ask him to do an inventory search to find the lightest weight in the warehouse.
     
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  17. JPJ

    JPJ

    Apr 21, 2001
    Chicago, IL
    For whatever reason (and there are many reasons one could cite as a root cause), heavy basses seem to be the trend (or the preponderance of widely available, non-custom instruments). While it is relative, I find it shocking that 9 and 10+ lbs basses are so widely available and purchased. I wish that:
    • Wood suppliers would sort and offer an up-charge, is that's what is required
    • Companies would make light-weight bodies more of a priority to source
    • Alternatives would be explored and offered more
    As with most things, it's all relative and everyone has a personal preference, but I own light and I own heavier, and I favor light almost every time that I can.

    And....there are number of instruments that are on my "ready to buy" list that I've been actively watching for years and can never seem to find anything even close to acceptable to me, so the purchase is not made.
     
  18. 2thAche

    2thAche

    Sep 22, 2018
    Atlanta
    Well, I get why sellers don't want to list weight. The fatties won't sell. But I was looking at AVRIs from a seller who won't give weights on their stock. Sorry, but I don't want the risk of getting the heavy bass so I'm not buying from that seller.
     
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  19. blowinblue

    blowinblue Kind of not blue. Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2006
    SoCal USA
    Agreed. I'm way more worried about my body weight than the weight of my basses. I've lost 24 lbs in the last 10 months. A few more lbs to go. My basses don't have to worry. The heaviest is 8.8 lbs. Lightest is 7.8 lbs. They all have no trouble maintaining their current weight. :thumbsup:

    M. M.
     
  20. thunesBARROW

    thunesBARROW

    Apr 12, 2010
    New York
    Weight matters a lot to people like me with a neck/spine injury.