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BrentD
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United States

By Grabthar's Hammer, what a savings.
Mar 4th, 2017 08:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

George is right in that you'll have to play them. I've handled five or ten of the new Mustang basses and some are light. Others are boat anchors.

Te 52

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Mar 4th, 2017 12:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I got the impression you were looking for a light solid body bass. But if you're interested in short scale hollow bodies, there are offerings from Epiphone, Eastwood, Guild, Hofner, Reverend, Lakland, Italia, probably more.

With a long neck and big tuners, bear in mind that there's only so light you can go before neck dive becomes an issue.

(This message was last edited by Te 52 at 05:25 PM, Mar 4th, 2017)

L. Nedmundo

Philadelphia

Mar 4th, 2017 12:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Mustang is probably a good call, but make sure you get a light one. Some retailers (including Sweetwater) actually provide the weight in their listings, so you'll know when you order. The Aerodyne is a good idea too.

I'll toss out a couple of oddball suggestions. First, Fender used to make the P Lyte, which I believe was made in Japan, and has a very light semi-hollow body. If you come across one, it could be worth a look.

Also, the ash-bodied American Deluxe Precisions in the late 90s and early 2000s could be extremely light. They had downsized bodies, which made a big difference. I had a '99, and it was well under eight pounds. I could wear it for hours and barely notice. They had active electronics, but of course that could be changed.

Finally, G&L offers lightweight empress wood and basswood as options, and the empress four string basses are often well under eight pounds. (They're all 34" scale.) Empress isn't listed on the web site because it's not always available, but you can usually get it. And they've been around long enough that they are popping up on the used market. My empress Comanche guitar is noticeably lighter than my Strats, but I tested a Legacy Special that was much lighter -- probably the lightest full-sized solidbody guitar I've ever tried. I wish I'd bought it.

Te 52

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Mar 4th, 2017 03:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

And don't forget the Fender Coronado and Starcaster semi-hollows. The Coronado is out of production but new and used ones are still out there, and I see that the Starcaster is back in production.

(This message was last edited by Te 52 at 06:00 PM, Mar 4th, 2017)

69tele

Rock Of Gibraltar

Thou Shalt Gas !
Mar 7th, 2017 01:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for suggestions guys lots of ideas to research and take on board !

My main problem is take we dont have any music stores here in Gibraltar.. and even those in Spain an hour or so away are unlikely to carry a good selection to try so sort of limited to mail order.

Bubbalou

USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Mar 7th, 2017 06:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sorry, posted in wrong area-removed

(This message was last edited by Bubbalou at 10:48 PM, Mar 8th, 2017)

mroulier
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Suburban MD.

Are your prayer beads maple or rosewood?
Mar 7th, 2017 07:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Look on Ebay for the MIJ Fender P-Bass Lyte.
It's full scale but a trimmed down body and an ACTIVE P-J setup. I could play it 3 hours straight and get all the tones I needed. (Prices are a bit all over the place. Some completed listings went for $695, others as low as $399, so you may have to be the first bidder!)

I had a Squier Jaguar short scale bass for a bit when I was driving from work directly to band practice... in case it got stolen out of my car, I was out like $195....but it felt like a toy compared to my other Fender basses.

Rick Knight
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St Peters, MO USA

Standing in the back, by the drummer.
Mar 7th, 2017 08:14 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Have you considered Warmoth? Buying new isn't the cheapest option, but you can search their pre-made Showcase bodies by weight and build what you want. I'm currently using 2 of their short scale bodies with medium scale (32") necks. The bodies weigh just over 4 lbs by themselves and just over 8 lbs assembled, which is about half a pound more than my P Lyte. I've seen lighter Warmoth bodies, but mine were the right shape at an acceptable weight when I was looking. Finding a used body may be possible too.

Bubbalou

USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Mar 7th, 2017 08:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

mroulier, check this out.

I live 7.5 miles from this guitar center and could check it out for you is you wish

MIJ PBass Lyte

(This message was last edited by Bubbalou at 10:42 AM, Mar 7th, 2017)

Saddletramp

Southeast Louisiana

KLEB Radio 1600 am, , New Iberia, LA
Mar 7th, 2017 09:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Squier Jaguar worked for me, balanced, light, nice adjustable tone but I found out I was more comfortable with regular scale (Arthritis setting in so I thought a short scale was he answer). Also reissue Danelectro Longhorn was light but a little neck-dive.

digiboy

New York City

Mar 7th, 2017 03:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I never found the dreaded "neck dive" to be a serious problem anyway. Lighter weight basses may tend to balance more towards the neck. I just use a wide woven strap and it holds the bass in place pretty well.

"...so sort of limited to mail order."

I can sympathize. I'm a lefty. Even the big name shops rarely have more than 1 lefty bass on display. It's usually not a model I'm interested in. I'm almost always stuck special ordering without getting a chance to play the bass in advance. I guess I've had pretty good luck in that regard. Never had to return one.


Bubbalou

USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Mar 7th, 2017 03:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use a wide padded strap for comfort also. An addition I do not play my bass totally perpendicular (horizontal) to my body. I prefer playing with the neck up about 25 degrees so I never experience neck dive.

mroulier
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Suburban MD.

Are your prayer beads maple or rosewood?
Mar 8th, 2017 11:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Actually Bubbalou... I'm not in the market for a new bass right now. My suggestion was for 69tele!

Besides, I'd want my blue Fotoflame back, which I sold when I bought my Tele Plus.

J. Gary

USA/ Detroit, MI.

Mar 8th, 2017 08:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hofner? babies are as light as they come.

J. Gary

USA/ Detroit, MI.

Mar 8th, 2017 08:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Apologies, double hit ;-)

(This message was last edited by J. Gary at 10:19 PM, Mar 8th, 2017)

Steve Dallman
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Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
Mar 11th, 2017 03:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I developed pain between my shoulder and neck that no type of strap could minimize. I thought it would end my gigging.

In high school I pulled a muscle that left me unable to tolerate a strap for about a year. Fender had a "waist strap" that attached to the back of the guitar. It kept me gigging.

I looked around to see if I could find a modern equivalent. I did with the Slinger Hip Strap. I've used one for over 3 years now. I mount it with Dunlop flushmounts and fit the lower horn strap mount differently...under the horn at a balance point I like, instead of the end of the horn.

This thing has been a godsend. My main bass was 13 lbs. I had chambered the body and got it down to about 10. Now it just doesn't matter. The weight is on my hips, not my shoulder. No stress on my back, or shoulders.

I recently set up three guitars as I've done most of my basses.

I'll use these until I can't stand to play anymore.

LeonB
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North of Philly

Solid state = solid sound+light weight
Mar 16th, 2017 11:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a friend that has a very heavy J. He uses a strap that splits to ride over both shoulders.

I'll have to ask him who makes it.

rockdoc11

USA

Bass is the place . . .
Mar 17th, 2017 12:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Boy, if I needed a super lightweight bass, I'd pick up a long scale Danelectro, and be happy a long time.

kart24
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Vacaville CA

Runs with scissors !!
Jun 14th, 2017 10:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I built a "parts Bass" using a body I got from Guitar Mill. The body is made of pawlonia wood. It's cousin to balsa. It is a P-Bass copy. The total weight of the bass (ready to play) is 7 lbs.

tom house

Minnesota

Jul 1st, 2017 09:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Very late to the thread, but I grabbed a Squier VM '77 Jazz (black/maple/white blocks) a couple years ago just to have on hand giving lessons ... it showed up weighing just 7 lbs .. I ended up rupturing a disc in my back and found myself using that bass all last summer season ... it worked so well I did a little work on it and now is my primary bass, used with a 4" suede strap is a delight on the back ... I have seen a few others of these that also felt very light, it seems the older ones are the lightest ... the natural/maple bodied ones(70's?) are notoriously heavy ...

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