Fender (Mexico) Standard Bass Bridge String Spacing NOT 19mm
hello fellow TB´ers,
i recently bought a japanese 75 PJ jazz bass (LTD 2013), and while i am generally very happy with it there is one issue:
it has the classic bent L shape bridge, but i believe it is the mexico standard bridge, not the vintage 75 jazz bass bridge, since it has allen screws and not slotted ones. the plate (at the bent part where the strings go through) measures 1.6mm in thickness (0.06")
the issue is that the spacing of the strings is not full 19mm, it is 18.66. that is too narrow for me, i´m not imagining cause if it wouldn´t have felt a little odd, i would not have started measuring. it adds up to a string spread of 56mm (2.20") vs 57mm (2.25").
has anybody else ever measured these bridges, are they really not full 19mm ?
also i´m surprised that fender japan does not use the "real" jazz bass ´75 bridge on theses models; the sibling japanes 66 jazz uses the correct vintage fender bridge with the threaded saddles.
i solved the problem for now by inserting 0.4mm washers between the barrels, but that is just a workaround until i can get either a vintage bridge with the threaded saddles or a real 75 jazz bass bridge (if that one has a real 19mm spacing).
still, it´s kind of a bummer.