What is the most comfortable body shape for solidbodies?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by asberrys, Dec 15, 2014.

  1. asberrys


    Sep 7, 2009
    Did a search and the Torzal kept coming up. Forget the Torzal and hollowbodies.Would it be a dolphin with concave back or one with a convex back somewhat like an Ovation guitar? What about really light basses like the Aerolite? Are they more comfortable to rest against the torso? Easier on the neck/strap obviously.

    Also the armrest chamfer: Do you like big ones like the J bass or small and more continuous ones like the Dingwall or Fodera? What about no chamfer just rounded over,friendlier edges like the rest of the bass body? Thanks Roland.
  2. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Some people like the Jazz bass for comfort, although the body is larger than a P bass. I tried a Lakland Jazz and it was even more comfortable...a bit smaller bodied, I think. Bacchus makes very nice Jazz basses that are slightly downsized, too.
    I bought a Dean Motto Jazz and it feels great standing or sitting, but my Sterling SUB 4 beats them all for comfort.

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  3. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    I like the Jazz-size bass body. It's a little bigger than most, but the offset and contours make it comfy,

    Most comfortable body style (for me) were the Spectors that were concave in the back and rounded off everywhere else.
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  4. This is a personal preference. But this is my own:

    I feel confortable with some big bodies like JB, PB and MM. I like too much the size and lenght of their top cutaways going closet the #12 fret, ´cause they help me a lot to balance the bass guitar.

    Small bodies like Ibanez, Warwick, Spector, Tobias,... usually they have their top cutaway a bit short for me. They have great bodies by all those sexy and contoured shapes, even some of them they have the famous concave shapes thought for the gust, but when I rest my twist/back forearm I don´t feel so nice when I play all this basses. This is the main reason that I dislike too some edges like Telecaster, Thunderbird or Les Paul style.
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  5. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Depends on the body shape of the player. Basses I found perfectly comfortable when I was young and thin may not be now that my circumference has increased, and vice-versa.
  6. asberrys


    Sep 7, 2009
    I was once a bean pole,now I am fat,I still think the dolphin is very comfy. I don't think weight or age is a factor in this but thanks for comment, Roland
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  7. SteveC


    Nov 12, 2004
    NE ND
    I am spoiled by Roscoe. The Century is the body for me. I have a fretted 5 and a fretless 5 being built. Can't imagine playing anything else.
  8. el murdoque

    el murdoque

    Mar 10, 2013
    I was amazed by the Steinberger paddles.
    No body to speak of that interferes with the right arm. Also, super light and the missing headstock takes a while to get used to.
    But if comfort was everything, i'd get one of those. I bought a cheap copy a while back but that does not have that thingy mounted on the back that supports your belly.
  9. The Spector NS 1 and 2 shapes, copied by Warwick for the Streamer Stage I, are very comfortable on the strap. Seated the only issue for me is the apparent long reach for the first fret and a bit of neck dive, but not a deal breaker. Whenever I go back to my Fenders I am always surprised at how big the bodies are, and on the strap how uncomfortable my plucking hand position is.
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  10. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    Because some people bodies are concave and some are convex there is no one most comfortable shape for a bass body.
  11. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    Westchester, NY
    This would all be personal preference to the player. There is no one shape fits all.
  12. asberrys


    Sep 7, 2009
    30 years ago I was an anorexic looking 145 and six four. Now I am 255 with beer gut. I don't see how one's torso has much to do with it. A bass felt the same then as now.
  13. gfen


    Aug 21, 2014
    lehigh valley
    stayed at a holiday inn, once...
    There's something to be said about the classic Fender bodies... and probably a reason they've never really changed. Long top horn for balance and the forearm and gut contours make for alot of comfort.
  14. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Inactive

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv

    Why do people ask for opinions and then argue when they don't agree? :bored:
  15. woodyng


    Dec 19, 2007
    Oregon coast
    The contoured bodies of the Rickenbacker 4004 series are hard to beat. You may have to search the years to find the best neck profile for you,because that has changed quite a bit since they were introduced.
  16. JIO

    JIO Be seeing you. Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    I designed and built this one for optimal body/bass interface - It was based on a 22 fret Fender American Standard "boner" J which I find very comfortable and well balanced. My Supernova has advantages over the A/S in being a bit lighter and it stands up straight leaning against an amp.


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  17. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    Shape wise Jazz basses work for me. I wouldn't mind less weight though, as long as the bass is still balanced with no neck dive.
  18. Gaolee

    Gaolee Official leathers tester and crash dummy

    That's a great looking bass, and the finish is outstanding, JIO! Thunderbirds are the most comfortable for me. I don't expect too many people to agree, but that's OK. Once you get them balanced right, you can have the neck very close to vertical without a horn digging into your ribcage. That's what I like.
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  19. GBassNorth

    GBassNorth Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    Gotta be a Ric!
    Oh, wait a minute, you said MOST comfortable. I retract my Ric vote. ;)
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  20. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY