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J. Gary

USA/ Detroit, MI.

Mar 8th, 2017 08:15 PM        

Apologies, double hit ;-)

Steve Dallman

Contributing Member

Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
Mar 11th, 2017 03:57 PM        

I developed pain between my shoulder and neck that no type of strap could minimize. I thought it would end my gigging. <br /> <br /> 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. <br /> <br /> 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. <br /> <br /> 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. <br /> <br /> I recently set up three guitars as I've done most of my basses. <br /> <br /> I'll use these until I can't stand to play anymore.


Contributing Member

North of Philly

Solid state = solid sound+light weight
Mar 16th, 2017 11:21 AM        

I have a friend that has a very heavy J. He uses a strap that splits to ride over both shoulders.<br /> <br /> I'll have to ask him who makes it.



Bass is the place . . .
Mar 17th, 2017 12:24 PM        

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


Contributing Member

Vacaville CA

Runs with scissors !!
Jun 14th, 2017 10:08 PM        

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


Jul 1st, 2017 09:00 PM        

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 ...



He's dead, Jim!
Sep 22nd, 2017 09:51 PM        

Another vote for the Fender Precision Lyte

Steve Dallman

Contributing Member

Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
Sep 23rd, 2017 05:56 AM        

Due to advancing arthritis in my left hand, I just bought a 5 string Ibanez Mikro bass. <br /> <br /> Surprisingly good bass with a great neck, and it's light. Light enough that I will use it with a conventional strap. My Slinger Hip Strap won't balance it right, due to the deep cutaway.


Contributing Member


Sep 23rd, 2017 04:06 PM        

I've been reading about Hofner style "Beatle" basses recently. Very light.<br /> <br /> Worth investigating if you get the chance.

Danny Nader


You should have been there!
Oct 1st, 2017 12:54 PM        

"... the natural/maple bodied ones(70's?) are notoriously heavy â¦<br /> " <br /> Not maple, just some seriously heavy ash.<br /> <br /> Danny

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