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Why do bassists tend to be heftier fellows?

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by MJMB, Feb 24, 2014.

  1. MJMB


    Jan 28, 2014
    It just seems to be the case!?
  2. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 Groove it Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2006
    Well, there is an epidemic of obesity in the United Sates, so I'd say this doesn't just apply to bass players. Conversely, a lot guys who play out a bunch realize it's important to eat healthy and exercise, otherwise your playing suffers.
  3. Fat Steve

    Fat Steve The poodle bites, the poodle chews it.

    We're not heftier here in America, we just know how to properly utilize that grand buffet of Freedom!
  4. dwjazz54


    Jan 21, 2003
    Jersey City, NJ
  5. Plucky The Bassist

    Plucky The Bassist Bassist for Michael "Epic Mic" Rowe

    Jul 30, 2010
    Houston, TX
    My drummer is hefty...I'm only 155lbs
  6. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    Are they really? In my mind the typical bass player is a tall rather skinny guy, usually standing in the background. :)
  7. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards
    I haven't noticed that bass players are heavier than other band members. In fact, just the opposite. I usually find guitar players, drummers and keyboard players to be heavier than bass players. I am in better shape than anyone in my band and every bass player I know is in good shape in terms of weight in proportion to height.
  8. Fat Steve

    Fat Steve The poodle bites, the poodle chews it.

    I'm Fat Steve, and I'm the fat ass of my band(s).
  9. dls119


    Jun 27, 2013
    Northern Virginia

    That's me.

    ...except I've put on a few pounds in grad school.:bag:
  10. Helaskold

    Helaskold 100% Mediocre

    Jul 22, 2012
    Austin, TX
    I think this is one of those things that you think applies to only one instrument until you start considering how many fat people play guitar/keyboard/drums/etc.

    No real correlation that I've seen... remember that perception is reality.
  11. In our band, I'm the thin one at 6'1" and about 160 pounds. The lead guitarist outweighs me by probably about 100 pounds.
  12. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    Aug 11, 2012
    Upstate NY, USA
    Because our fingers are too fat to play guitar.

  13. waynobass


    Feb 27, 2008
    All drummers are fat! They need to be to pummel those skins for hours on end.
  14. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    6'4", 175lbs.
  15. jacksonev94

    jacksonev94 Supporting Member

    May 12, 2012
    Lynchburg, VA
    6', 140lbs. I probably don't fit that stereotype. :D
  16. bkbirge


    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    What I don't get is airplane food. Who's with me eh?
  17. Ask Tal & Esperanza. ;)
  18. audioglenn


    Jul 14, 2012
    I fit that stereotype...6'4" 275.
  19. To hold up them big heavy basses!
  20. edpal

    edpal Banned

    Oct 3, 2007
    6'1" - 220. I represent that.