Re: Sagging Bass

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Posted by Rob on January 31, 2002 at 10:12:51:

In Reply to: Re: Sagging Bass posted by Wylum on January 31, 2002 at 04:25:09:

: : : I recently bought a custom 5-string bass from Dave Pushic and I'm find it very neck heavy. The head stock end of the bass sags downward making it harder to relax my left hand (having to hold it up as well). Is there anything I might be able to do to fix this? Perhaps a different, yet safe position for a strap peg?

: : : Thanks much!

: : : Wylum

: : Hey, Wylum!

: : The pressure from your right thumb should keep the neck in the right position. Usually, very little force is required to balance a bass. You're absolutely right though - you can't really play properly if you're holding up your bass with your left hand. With a little practice, you should be able to take your left hand off the neck and have the instrument remain in position.

: : Hope you find this helpful.

: : Good Luck,

: : Rob

: Thanks Rob!

: However, if I take my hands off my bass, the neck slowly starts dropping toward the floor. I believe this is due to the upper horn which is shorter than average (remember, it's custom made).

: A thought popped in my head as I was lying down for the night, so of course I couldn't sleep until I tried it out. I wrapped the strap from the top horn over my left shoulder, across my back, and then around my torso before coming around to connect to the peg on the butt of the bass, so far this seems to help quite a bit. What do you think?

: Wylum, who's most appreciative!

Hey, Wylum!

I understand your plight - many basses are top heavy. I'm suggesting a different approach here - strap on your bass, put your right thumb on one of the pickups, and push down with your thumb - leave your left hand at your side. This should stabilize the instrument.
Turning your strap into a harness will work, but you'll have trouble in the higher registers when you'll need to angle the neck differently. There's no one solution, but I think you'd be better off balancing with your right hand; Anyway - that's my opinion.

Good Luck,


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