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    I think this will work, but I may have to accept the dents.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fender3x View Post
    I think that's what has put me on the lookout for a lighter bass. I thought chambering might be the thing. Warmoth advertises that it's chambered bodies reduce weight by 25%... but that's 25% of the *body* weight, not the assembled bass weight. At best that brings most chambered basses down into "swamp ash" territory...a reduction of about a pound overall.

    By contrast my ES body basses (one from Pit Bull and one from Fret Wire) are MUCH lighter. The assembled basses are around 3.4 kg. My swamp-ash precision weighs in at around 3.9 kg. A Gibson Midtown bass (closest commercial bass to a PB ESB-4) weighs in at around the same as my swamp-ash precision--about a pound less than the PB equivalent. The primary difference? The PB and FW bodies have a paulownia center-block, whereas the Gibson has a maple center-block.

    I built the 2nd ES to get a neck and weight that I liked, and it worked pretty well.

    I am now trying to get I neck and weight I like with the contoured comfort and simplicity of a P-bass. I think this will work, but I may have to accept the dents.
    I'm with you on that. I've always been a JB player, but after playing the Pitbull PB I'm a convert... but a lighter one. I think after my current build, I'll look to do a scratch P Bass (though I may consider buying some templates for it) and consider the wood choice carefully. I like reclaimed wood, however Paulownia (for example) is pretty sustainable and with a top and bottom of something else (I've still got some mahogany type wood left over), that might just work.

    Don't know much about Paulownia other than this thread, so I'll look into it. (Edit - Not really available in the UK, however the idea is sound so I just need to find something else).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart D View Post
    I'm with you on that. I've always been a JB player, but after playing the Pitbull PB I'm a convert... but a lighter one. I think after my current build, I'll look to do a scratch P Bass (though I may consider buying some templates for it) and consider the wood choice carefully. I like reclaimed wood, however Paulownia (for example) is pretty sustainable and with a top and bottom of something else (I've still got some mahogany type wood left over), that might just work.

    Don't know much about Paulownia other than this thread, so I'll look into it. (Edit - Not really available in the UK, however the idea is sound so I just need to find something else).
    We have plantations here. When I was making my canoe the go to hull timber is Western Red Cedar. I discovered some places here that offered Paulownia strips. Looking into it the strength was similar to WRC but so much lighter. If Paulownia is hard to get, you could try Basswood. My Epi has a Radiata body and it's not much of a strain on the back or shoulders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart D View Post
    ...Not really available in the UK, however the idea is sound so I just need to find something else...
    It may be marketed under a different name. It can be called Kiri, empress wood, or alternate spellings of "paulownia."

    The body I am using from ebay was called "maple" but the weight (less than 1.3 kg) was impossibly light for maple...and it was cheap, so I gave it a go on the thinking that at $33 I was not losing much.

    AUS is a big exporter, and I know there are plantations of it in Germany and Spain...not sure about the UK...
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