Boonnoo666
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Hi all, I'm switching over to bass in my band and I'd like to get a new bass since my current one's got major fret buzz, neckdive and dodgy electronics.
I'm really into LTD basses, having tried some and am considering the BB-4 and Surveyor-4, but one big issue for me is weight as my main guitar is very heavy and I'd like something lightweight because playing standing got pretty painful after a while with my Kramer due to having a massive Alder body with a metal plate top.
Does anyone know about the weight of either basses? On the measuring scale, the Kramer's roughly 4KG and on Sweetwater it says the BB-4 is 3.8KG (rounded up) even though there was this video of this guy saying how light the BB-4 is.
Does anyone own/have any experience with these basses?
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Electric basses tend to be heavier than electric guitars because their necks are longer, and there is often more body mass with the bass than with the guitar. That having been said, most basses are not unreasonably heavy.

The LTD BB-Series basses are very much copies of Yamaha's BB-Series basses (how ESP/LTD got away with using the same designation is beyond me), and neither the LTDs or the Yamahas are unduly heavy. They tend to balance rather well, and it is a long-proven design - Yamaha has been making the BB-Series basses since the very early 1980s. Both the Yamahas and the LTDs are very good basses. You might want to remove the thumb anchor from the LTD bass, but then again, you might not.

Get yourself a good, wide, padded shoulder strap for you bass. It makes a big difference. I recommend Planet Waves' wide nylon strap. I have one on almost every bass I own:

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/74T000/
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Boonnoo666
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Quote by FatalGear41
Electric basses tend to be heavier than electric guitars because their necks are longer, and there is often more body mass with the bass than with the guitar. That having been said, most basses are not unreasonably heavy.

The LTD BB-Series basses are very much copies of Yamaha's BB-Series basses (how ESP/LTD got away with using the same designation is beyond me), and neither the LTDs or the Yamahas are unduly heavy. They tend to balance rather well, and it is a long-proven design - Yamaha has been making the BB-Series basses since the very early 1980s. Both the Yamahas and the LTDs are very good basses. You might want to remove the thumb anchor from the LTD bass, but then again, you might not.

Get yourself a good, wide, padded shoulder strap for you bass. It makes a big difference. I recommend Planet Waves' wide nylon strap. I have one on almost every bass I own:

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/74T000/

Oh I see, thing is my current bass is actually lighter than my main guitar haha.
And actually, the thumb anchor is a big plus to the BB for me because I really like using that for my fingerstyle.
Cheers for the advice!
Edit: Can anyone give me an opinion on which I should get of the following please?
http://www.gak.co.uk/en/esp-ltd-bb-4-4-string-bass-sblk/94411
http://www.gak.co.uk/en/esp-ltd-surveyor-4-sw-snow-white-maple/58952
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Kramer Imperial
Engl Gigmaster E315
Marshall 1936 JCM900 lead cab
My website
Last edited by Boonnoo666 at Jun 20, 2014,