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Rock Of Gibraltar

Thou Shalt Gas !
Mar 3rd, 2017 04:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hi there anyone familiar with the Mustang and Jaguar basses ? Looking for a lightweight bass to play due to back issues.

Had an Ibanez SR800 for 6 months which was ok, but had to be returned as the active electronics failed and ibanez damaged it during the repairs.

My requirements are a lightweight 4 string, prefer fender/squier, passive electronics.

thanks !

Te 52

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Mar 3rd, 2017 11:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

Your choices so far look good. I would also take a close look at the Gretsch G2220 Junior Jet. It's got a lot going for it in the light weight department: Compact shape, basswood body, 30.3" scale, small headstock. Substitute some Hipshot ultralite tuners on any bass to save yet a few more ounces.

(This message was last edited by Te 52 at 01:24 PM, Mar 3rd, 2017)


New York City

Mar 3rd, 2017 11:42 AM   Edit   Profile  

Want light weight? While you are out shopping take a look at the Danelectro basses if you have a chance. Certainly not for everyone but unique and a great value if you like them. The Longhorn model is a short scale and very light. I found the neck on the Longhorn too narrow but if you like short scales, it may win you over. I prefer the beefier long scale neck on the Shorthorn series, still very light weight. You'll pay way too much for the original 60's models but the Korean re-issues are excellent and go for around $400 give or take.

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North Florida

A Friend of Bill W.
Mar 4th, 2017 06:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

I picked up a Squire Afinity Bronco last year that is really light. It was set up well and sounded pretty good right off the wall. I put a BiSonic pickup in it, added a 4 string adjustable bridge, USA electronings and output, most of which I had laying around.

The one I recently built of Home Depot 2 by 8 pine is under 6 lbs 2 oz. has a scatter wound '51 single coil P-Bass pickup, 30" fretless.

Under seven lbs

(This message was last edited by hushnel at 11:28 PM, Sep 23rd, 2017)



Fender power to the people!
Mar 4th, 2017 07:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

Check out the Fender Aerodyne.
Full size thin Jazz body made of Basswood with PJ pickups.

Also, if you play enough P basses, you will find one that is pretty light.
Not that there are no light Js, but the bodys are a little bigger, so that hurts the odds.

If you are into hollow bodys, they are almost always very light.

Tony Wright
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Stillwater, OK

I never met a calorie I didn't like.
Mar 4th, 2017 07:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

I did a quick search and found this:


I have never seen this bass, let alone actually play one, so buyer beware. Weight and size (32 inch scale) appear to be advantageous for your situation, but that is something you need to determine.

Ibanez offers a couple of short scale (30 inch) semi hollow body basses:
AGB200 and AFB200, the only real difference appears to be the point on the cutaway. I believe there is also a 5 string version. I did not stumble across the weight.

Hey, I have to leave some work for you...

By the way, Eastman made a really sweet Mosrite style bass. Again, short scale, but the only one I touched was "fast" like an original Mosrite bass or guitar. (Think Ventures' surf music fast.)

Traveler bass TB-4P sunburst


Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Mar 4th, 2017 08:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

If I were you, I would go to a music store with a large inventory of basses and start pulling them off the rack.

Buy the one that says "Honey, I'm home."


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United States

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

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  

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


Mar 4th, 2017 12:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

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  

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)


Rock Of Gibraltar

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

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.



Mar 7th, 2017 06:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

Sorry, posted in wrong area-removed

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

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Suburban MD.

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

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  

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.



Mar 7th, 2017 08:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

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)


New York City

Mar 7th, 2017 03:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

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.



Mar 7th, 2017 03:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

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.

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Suburban MD.

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

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  

Hofner? babies are as light as they come.

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