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Hollowbody or Lightweight 5-String


Virgin Dog

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My Spector Spectorcore fiver is quite light and a decent playing bass, tho I don't see any details in your profile to know if its feature set would jive with your needs.

 

 

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The easiest fix for this is for you to get a better strap. Go a bit wider, and with some padding. It's always easier to get a strap that might cost you anywhere from $30 - $75. Finding a bass that works in your hands is a little more difficult.

 

Hollowbody 5 strings aren't exactly a huge part of the 5 string bass market. But there are some boutique bass builders that are chambering the bodies of their basses in order to make them a bit lighter. The thing is, they don't exactly come cheap.

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The easiest fix for this is ....

 

A stool.

 

Just half kidding. A wide strap is a good place to start, but the strap only helps if it's your shoulder that hurts. Don't bother with that funny dual strap gizmo; it hangs the bass too far to the left making it a silly long stretch to that first fret. Me? I have to sit down; no two ways about it. We'll see what happens in the spring after the replacement parts come in....

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based on the general lack of a top horn on the thunderbird, perhaps a more ergonomic bass is more in order than a specifically lighter weight bass. peavey cirrus or similarly horned?

 

http://www.imusician.co.uk/acatalog/00069929.jpg

 

notice how the horn extends to nearly the 12th fret. perhaps something like this is what you should be looking for.

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Perhaps something from the Daisy Rock collection :laugh: :

 

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I dunno. The short horn would make for some nasty neck dive.

 

Yes. I know. Short Horn. Good name for a band.

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Excellent suggestions all! I've got a wide, padded strap already, so I figure the next thing to try is a lighter bass. Or start playing more reasonable gigs!

 

The Rob Allen basses look interesting....

 

They are pretty amazing. I have a short scale Mouse and it sounds very much like a mic'ed up upright. More than my EUB did actually. They have a great sound. I know guys use them in all genres, but I don't know that I would choose to do that. It nails the upright thing do jazz that's for sure.

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How about a Fender Aerodyne P+J? They're lightweight, classy looking, and 5 strings are available, but rare. There's 1 on eBay right now (out of Japan). Other than that, for the money, I'd go with an Ibanez SR series model...

 

The Aerodyne is a great idea. I didn't know they made a 5-string. Thanks for that!

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Virgin Dog, if you were closer, I'd trade you, as I've always wanted a 5 string Thunderbird.

 

I had heard that Gibson stopped making the 5-string, so I bought a second one. It was even better than the first.

 

Just this week, I ran into a a Gibson employee who said that they're still making the 5. It's nowhere to be seen on their web site though.

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based on the general lack of a top horn on the thunderbird, perhaps a more ergonomic bass is more in order than a specifically lighter weight bass. peavey cirrus or similarly horned?

 

http://www.imusician.co.uk/acatalog/00069929.jpg

 

notice how the horn extends to nearly the 12th fret. perhaps something like this is what you should be looking for.

 

I thought this was a valuable bit of advice that seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle. A bass with a longer top horn, as robb. suggests, might offer similar benefits to a lights instrument.

 

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