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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / P neck feel on a lighter weight body?


New York City

Mar 18th, 2012 12:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Being of the geezerly persuasion I get back problems every now and them. I'm sure the weight of a P bass doesn't help matters.

Looking for a lighter weight bass but I don't like skinny thin necks like the Hofners or Danelectros. I want a beefy P style neck but on a very light body. Any such thing? Don't care about neck dive and not too concerned about tone. I know how to get reasonably close to the tone I like on any bass.

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Mar 18th, 2012 01:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The road worns seem to be pretty light weight. And they have great C width "broken in" necks.

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Connecticut USA

Nothing to do but feed all the kangaroos
Mar 18th, 2012 02:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Have you considered mating a favorite P neck with a new body? For example, Warmoth’s Showcase currently features a swamp ash P body at 4 lbs, 12 oz and an alder P body at 4 lbs, 8 oz.

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New Jersey

The otters threw me out
Mar 19th, 2012 08:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just built a custom Stingray body for a guy who brought in a Lakeland 5-string neck. The bass came out awesome but weighs a ton and a half from the one-piece ash body. I have a project in mind to build a Fender or Musicman style bass but with telecaster thinline construction. However there is the issue of loss of mass and things could go south and the awesome factor could be lost in sawdust.

Rick Knight
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St. Peters, Mo. USA

Mar 19th, 2012 03:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ebay seller The Stratosphere lists the weights of the bodies. It took some patience, but I found a very light MIJ P body there.

Jeff Scott

Under Area 51

Mar 19th, 2012 06:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Rickenbacker 4004 series will get you there just right!

Steve Dallman
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Merrill, Wisconsin

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Mar 20th, 2012 09:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've got a P neck on a very light Silvertone P body. I got two of those bodies in a package purchase off Ebay. I built a Music Man knockoff (5 string) with the other body.

The heavy neck on a light body isn't a problem as long as I use a strap that isn't too slippery. The lightweight is a real blessing.

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Vacaville CA

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Mar 20th, 2012 04:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I recently put together another P-bass. I used paulownia wood. It is real light like balsa wood. It's a relative of Philippine mahogany. I got it through the Guitar Mill. The body can't weight 3.5 lbs. I do have to use an Axe Balancer and a suede strap.

I do like narrow necks. All my basses have "A" necks.

(This message was last edited by kart24 at 04:41 PM, Mar 20th, 2012)

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Mar 21st, 2012 08:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You can get what you want ready made by Fender. I think it was called the Precision A/E.

Found a pic. Bob posted here in the ancient days.

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