#1
Hey UG'ers...

Im new to bass guitar...

I wanted to know of some good light weight bass guitars for heavy metal...
also which is good for heavy metal, pbass or jazz bass?

thx in advance

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#3
Lightweight for metal... the first thing that comes to mind in an Ibanez SR.

P basses and J basses would both be fine for metal.
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#4
Ibanez SR are pretty light.
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#6
Yamaha RBX4 or RBX5. Light as a feather and they play very well.
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#8
The best lightweight bass for metal is and always will be one thats pointy.


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#9
P and J basses aren't exactly light.

You're better off going for an active bass. Passive basses are usually (note, i said usually) quite heavy, as most of the tone comes from the woods it's made from, and in order make the most of it the bodies are usually larger to let the sound resonate more. Active basses have a pre amp built in to shape the tone, so don't necessarily need to quite so big and heavy.

I'd recommend looking at Spectors, they have a great snarly tone for metal and are quite light weight.
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#10
i would recommend the aerodyne jazz bass if you can afford it. it is a great lightweight bass that sounds amazing.

also ibanez SRs and spectors are nice and light aswell.
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#12
The Schecter Raiden is made of basswood, also is great quality for the $$. Ibanez SR's are great for the brutalz too. Spectors are great. I was very lucky to find a used 1991 Carvin LB20 for $300. Ebony fb, and jumbo stainless frets aid in it's ability to cut-thru. I am not a fan of active myself (too sterile imo) I prefer the organic tone of Burton and Steve Harris. But many metal bassists do use a pre-amp; it's up to you.
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#13
P bass. P bass. P bass. They are heavy but I have played stingrays that weigh a lot more, you can't beat p bass thump and growl.
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P and J basses aren't exactly light.

You're better off going for an active bass. Passive basses are usually (note, i said usually) quite heavy, as most of the tone comes from the woods it's made from, and in order make the most of it the bodies are usually larger to let the sound resonate more. Active basses have a pre amp built in to shape the tone, so don't necessarily need to quite so big and heavy.

I'd recommend looking at Spectors, they have a great snarly tone for metal and are quite light weight.

Actually my MIM Fender P is actually quite light. A lot lighter then some other basses I've played.
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#15
Weight is subjective. I'm 6 foot 2, go to the gym three times a week and can handle a P bass just fine. But I wouldn't want to go through an hour and a half set with it, especially if I was gigging a couple of nights a week. I doubt that the averaged middle aged man wouldn't feel the same too.
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#16
Weight depends entirely on the individual piece of wood. Basswood is always a good bet for light weight, but there's so much variation between individual bodies.

I'd add a Traben to the growing list. The basswood ones are very light, the Attack and Chaos models all have active EQ's, and they're generally and excellent value for the money. Pretty much anything mentioned in this thread so far though would be a good bet. Go start trying out basses.
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Weight is subjective. I'm 6 foot 2, go to the gym three times a week and can handle a P bass just fine. But I wouldn't want to go through an hour and a half set with it, especially if I was gigging a couple of nights a week. I doubt that the averaged middle aged man wouldn't feel the same too.

Well I'm 5'10 and I'm a nerd with little to no upper body strength at all and my P bass is light enough that I can toss it around with one hand.
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