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Which bass for med probs

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by brithedark, Mar 27, 2014.

  1. brithedark


    Jan 5, 2009
    I've been playing 26 years. I own 30 plus gtrs and basses and run a full time recording studio. I currently am suffering from a neurological condition which is causing significant problems with my playing.

    I've tried many short scale basses. But try are either too small in the body or too heavy in the body. I have a geddy lee bass which is easy to play. But the weight and scale are making it difficult to continue.

    I was wondering if in your travels you've heard of good solutions for people with MS like condtions.?

    Feel free to move this post wherever.
  2. Evil Undead

    Evil Undead

    Oct 31, 2009
    I'm not in or from the Berklee bass department, but I can offer a little insight

    I have CTS and ulnar nerve entrapment, neither of which are particularly like MS but give me a lot of hand/wrist trouble.

    I play a Warwick Corvette short scale which is perfect for me as it's short but the neck isn't too skinny which I love. It does however have a small body and isn't that light at about 8.8lbs.

    Also I have a Squier Jaguar short scale, also a great bass. Much larger body, and much lighter weight, but the neck is a bit thinner. Mine has dimarzio pickups in.

    Hope that helps a little.
  3. brithedark


    Jan 5, 2009
    I recently had a Squier Jag sent here. As well as an SX short scale and a Gibson EB-0.

    The Jag is ok but mine weighs almost 9 pounds (wild for a Squier). So it REALLY hurts the leg when sitting down (I don't almost ever stand to play). The SX has a nice neck profile, but the body is tiny so it just doesn't "fit" to play. The Gibby, well its stiff and it sounds, um, not good for what I need. I'd do the Hofner style, but the edge of the bass kills my nerves in the arm.

    I'm such a project :)

    I'd LOVE a normal P or J bass with a short scale neck.
  4. Evil Undead

    Evil Undead

    Oct 31, 2009
    Almost 9 lbs? Wow! Mine isn't even 7 lbs.

    Have you tried to find a JB62 short scale? I think they were made by Fender Japan, but can still be found
  5. brithedark


    Jan 5, 2009
    trade ya ;-)

    I will look into what you said...

    I have looked at Guitar Fetish.com bodies and am leaning towards trying one... put the Geddy neck on a Paulownia body and see what happens
  6. Evil Undead

    Evil Undead

    Oct 31, 2009
    Ha, not a chance ;)

    There's always Warmoth, they do short scales now.
  7. Peacefrog35


    Dec 26, 2009
    Since you mentioned Hofner, have you ever tried the Verythin Hofner bass? They sound really nice, easy neck, feather light even with the sound block and are really thin so the edge of the bass wouldn't likely cut into your arm. It's a really nice lightway double cutaway. I played one for the first time last week and was very very impressed. It's on my list.
  8. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I found a Squier Jaguar SS that weighs only 6.5 lbs. My Hofner Club weighs only 4.5 lbs.

    I'm going through some back and shoulder issues and for the last several years I've been modifying basses to be mounted on a NS EUB stand so I could keep gigging. I've also DIY'd some basses specifically for use with the EUB stand in both short and long scales including one shortscale using a considerably slimmed down Bronco neck and a washtub based body (that one gets the most comments). My favorite are the short scales.

    Things are a bit better lately and I've started using light basses on the shoulder again.
  9. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    Maybe this isn't relevant for your situation but I'll throw it in, in case it can help. I have some problems with shoulders and neck that makes it painful to use a regular strap. My solution is adding a strap lock button on the back of the lower horn and the other half of the strap lock, minus the locking pin, on a weight lifter type belt. This way there is only a minimum of weight on the shoulder strap and I can play for a longer time standing up.


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  10. Evil Undead

    Evil Undead

    Oct 31, 2009
    That's an amazing idea
  11. DeathFromBelow

    DeathFromBelow Never Forget. Banned

    Dec 23, 2010
    Horten, Norway
    They still make 'em, so shouldn't be a problem: http://www.fenderjapan.co.jp/jb62ss.html

    30" scale and basswood body, so it should be light too. I could swear I see these on the bay all the time. Price ain't bad either.

    Oh, and there's a 32" version as well. http://www.fenderjapan.co.jp/jb62m.html :)
  12. bassbenj


    Aug 11, 2009
    Since I don't know the details of your conditon I can't say if short scale is necessary or not. I used to play short scale all the time and do understand some of the advantages. But on the other hand let me say that today I play 5 string and much of the advantage of short scale can be found by playing 5 string up further on the neck where frets are closer together and then playing ACROSS the neck. Just something to think about.

    As for a bass, I'd VERY MUCH recommend one like my Carvin AC50. Super light (6 lbs 7 Oz), thin fast neck, and more or less full sized body. I know I LOVE mine and it's tone is not shabby either though as a semi-hollow it's not going to be Fender-like.

    That's about what I know.
  13. vmabus


    Nov 1, 2013
    Although no longer made, many Ibanez Ergodyne are available used. A lightweight synthetic body with a slim neck may help.
  14. klaatu


    Feb 12, 2010
    Southbridge MA
    I would recommend the Kala U Bass. I have the solid body and the acoustic/electric. I started playing a little over 4 years ago at 57 and I'm 61. I've always had issues with dexterity, especially at the low end of the fretboard. Got the Kala and it's so much easier to play plus they are very light. The solid body weighs a bit over 3 lbs. and the acoustic/electric weighs just over 2 lbs. The acoustic/electric can be bought for $350 to around $500, fretted and fretless.
  15. fu22ba55

    fu22ba55 Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2009
    Since nobody's posted it yet, I'll mention the Torzal Twist bass:


    I'm not sure what specific problems you're encountering, but the Torzal Twist bass aims to prevent problems bassists usually have with tendinitis / RSI / carpal tunnel due to the horrible ergonomics of the long-scale electric bass.

    Here's the always informative and entertaining Ed Friedland playing a Torzal:

    Be warned… the Torzal bass is not cheap.
  16. brithedark


    Jan 5, 2009
    I will look into it thank you so much!

  17. brithedark


    Jan 5, 2009
    And thanks all of you! I was actually at hospital past few days so couldn't check in. I will look into all this stuff more. Thanks again! I will check back in when I figure out which works best for me.
  18. jstar


    Mar 26, 2014
    Seattle, WA
    Ibanez MC888 bean bass? Super small and light, but I don't think it's short scale.
  19. Uncle K

    Uncle K The bass player doesn't get a sandwich Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2011
    Erie, PA