Well a 6 1/2 lb jazz bass neck dive?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by petrus61, Jan 23, 2014.

  1. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    Just curious. I have my eye on one and wonder if the offset body would counter any dive? It seems almost too light!
  2. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    My 5.2 lb Basslab 5er has no dive....depends on many factors
  3. jdwhitak


    Mar 20, 2012
    Greenwood, IN
    It really depends on how the weight is distributed on the bass. A bass could be light (total weight), but have most of that in the neck. You'll just have to try it out and see.

    ROOTSnFIFTHS Low-end Lover since '78!

    Oct 25, 2012
    NJ to Sin City
    If it has standard tuners I am sure it will. I have a very light Road Worn J (8.3 lbs)that does a bit.

    My Road Worn P is even lighter and that one dives pretty bad. Enough that it is distracting. If it has light wieght replacement tuners it might balance better.

    WOW...6.5 lbs....that is nice! I would consider (and am) replacement tuners if it dives too much.
  5. MrTaff


    Jan 20, 2014
    Almost every light J I've played has suffered from neck dive, it get annoying quickly if you're playing sitting down.
  6. BBox Bass

    BBox Bass Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2011
    NW Pennsylvania
    I have a 7.5 lb. 5-string Jazz that doesn't dive. I attribute this to installing Ultralight tuners and moving the bottom strap button a couple of inches.
  7. MrTaff


    Jan 20, 2014
    Does it balance properly sitting down without a strap like this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzqRPfF80sc
  8. phishaholik

    phishaholik Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2005
    Portland, Oregon
    IME, without a doubt, especially whilst sitting. I used to have a 7.5 lb Sadowsky and it was an amazing bass, but neck dive central. I've found P-bass shapes in the 9 to 9.5 range to have the best balance.