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"Shape" bases that don't headbang

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I've played more than a few basses over the years, but I haven't even come close to playing ALL of the basses.

I've always wanted a "shape" bass to help me overcompensate for my distinctly average playing.

The trouble is, all of the shapes I've played seem determined to headbutt the floor and I end up gravitating back to my J-types like the old friends that they are.

The only shape I've ever had that balanced well was my Sandberg Forty-Eight, but that was made of iron and concrete, so it was equally unsuitable for a 3 hour show, jut in a different way.

Does a "shape" bass that balances well and doesn't weigh 6 tonnes even exist?7

Any recommendations?

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And I totally blame my laptop for the "bases" in the post title....

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What about the "whatever happened to the" Fender Katana bass.

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26 minutes ago, adamg67 said:

What about the "whatever happened to the" Fender Katana bass.

There never was one. The bass version was Squier only.

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1 hour ago, BigRedX said:

There never was one. The bass version was Squier only.

Same thing ;)

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10 minutes ago, CPCustomdubwise said:

Also incorrect, as there certainly WAS a Fender Katana bass.

Easy basschat way to settle it... pics or it didn't happen :)

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1 minute ago, CPCustomdubwise said:

Google.

I did, all Squiers, plus a few pages stating that Fender did the guitar as a Fender and a Squier, but only did the bass as a Squier.

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And in the interests of natural justice, I DID google....and Big Red X was right and I was wrong; I can't find any evidence to support what I write and I can find lots to support what he wrote.

I never studied the headstocks of the things closely enough ( inexplicably !)

 

So abject apologies due and delivered !

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It's easy to misremember, in my head the Katana didn't look too bad... that was definitely wrong! :)

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I didn't like them then....I have a perverse attraction now ( which doesn't extend to actually wanting to buy one...)

Did they use the headstock on another of thwir angular 80s efforts....?

I think they did; that's my excuse for getting confused and I'm sticking to it !

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Low mass tuners are a worthwhile investment for basses which tend towards the floor.

I think the classic 'shape' which is far more practical than it looks is the good ol' Thunderbird. With lightweight tuners and a wide strap the downward pull can be eased, but the key is in the shape itself. So long as you don't wear it dangling by your knees, the large fin on top actually falls under your plucking forearm, which helps with countering the weight. I sometimes feel that I'm slouching into mine. It's surprisingly light and comfy.

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I can confirm what Jus Lukin said.

I have a couple of Epiphone Vintage Pro thunderbirds, one sunburst and one white. I fitted a set of Gotoh GB-640 res-o-lite non-reverse vintage tuners to each and apart from giving improving the look of the bass, they are noticably lighter compared them to the stock tuners. I use Comfort Strapp neoprene straps which are grippy enough to prevent any potential neck dive and the stretchyness makes the basses feel lighter somehow.

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Check "Takamine bass gothic", and find at least two black instruments of the 80's.

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My D roc is very light & balances very nicely on the strap,no neck dive at all.

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