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Old 11-15-2012, 03:11 PM
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Anybody know what the string spacing is at the bridge on the Ibby 805?
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Old 11-15-2012, 03:19 PM
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Anybody know what the string spacing is at the bridge on the Ibby 805?
I believe it is 18mm - I will have to measure later tonight when I can get home.

Update: I measure 18mm - or some would say 17.5mm in practical use.
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Love the string spacing. For me at least it's the perfect balance of space for slaping and not over stretching my smallish hands lol . Love this bass more everyday. Spent two hours last night dialing in my bass and Navigator last night and wow withh the switch forward and the blend in the middle you get a growling beast with a bump on the mids. LOVE IT
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:29 AM
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That Navigator is a great preamp; I ran one for years....
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:54 AM
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I believe it is 18mm - I will have to measure later tonight when I can get home.

Update: I measure 18mm - or some would say 17.5mm in practical use.
17.5mm will work fine for me. My TL-5 is 18mm.
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:12 AM
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hmmmm...that puts it more in the G&L/Stingray camp...not my favorite.

I had an older bart loaded 5502 long ago. Great bass, but a bit "smooth jazz" for my tastes.
Suppoedly, the LH loaded 5502's are edgier; we'll see as I have one coming.

I'd still love to try one of these, and may yet someday.
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I am more and more interested. 17.5 - 18mm is perfect for my tastes.

I've been enjoying a well worn-in ATK300 for the last year or so, but I've been missing having a dependable fiver in the stable.
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I am more and more interested. 17.5 - 18mm is perfect for my tastes.

I've been enjoying a well worn-in ATK300 for the last year or so, but I've been missing having a dependable fiver in the stable.
I suspect you will love it.
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Just restrung my new 805e with DR DDT 145-105-85-65-45 for drop A. So awesome that the 145 went trough the body no issue and the nut was still perfect for it. Almost like it wanted a big heavy low A the whole time lol. Sound is perfect for what I wanted with the rear pickup selector on the rear single and balance in the middle. just thumping grinding power .
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Old 12-16-2012, 12:05 PM
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Great, now I am really GASSING for this. I'll just tell "der wife" - "the devilman mad me do it!"
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Another killer show with the Atk doing work. Got a lot of compliments on it from fans and sound guys so thats always good.
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Old 12-21-2012, 11:18 AM
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I succumbed to GAS and survived.

Between the great BP review and comments here I pulled the trigger Dec.19...should be here no later than Christmas Eve.
Thing is, I decided to make a half-confession to the wife by saying, "yeah, bought my own Christmas present". Her response, smiling the whole time was, "well, 4,5,6 string?...or should I just ask which brand?" That was it!?! I think the good boy behavior is paying off!
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Old 12-27-2012, 02:17 PM
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Got mine!

This thing is awesome - the review in BP mag and here/elsewhere were no lie. I'd disagree with the BP guy who said the neck was chunky, it feels very close to a P-bass to me, less chunky than some P 5's. Fretwork is perfect, intonation was almost spot on when arrived, sustain is awesome but it still has that bolt-neck punch. And that bridge: the saddle arrangement isn't fancy but the bridge is just massive, probably the mass of TWO Badass IIs. This is going to become my go-to bass, I can just tell. The bass is perfectly balanced, almost "headstock light" as the upper horn reaches just to the 12 fret.

Oh, the coloring is just beautiful. Came with nice folding allen wrench set, really nice gig bag (4 pockets). Excellently packed with D'Addario XL round-wounds on it. My brand already.

Three small "critiques" that mean nothing:
1. they could have given slightly nicer/bigger fingerboard markers(I'll take care of that someday). Maybe.
2. The headstock would have easily allowed for Hipshot's Fender or Ric style tuners, with their slightly higher gear ratio. Or 3/8 shaft vs. 1/2(which it has), since the 3/8 gives slightly naturally higher ratio.
3. Curvature of the pickguard is right where some might tend to place their thumb. Haven't decided if I like that or not. Fairly minor, the upper pickup makes a decent anchor for most playing.
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Old 12-30-2012, 02:02 PM
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Well it's settled for me - it's a keeper. The pickguard into the common thumb-resting area hasn't been an issue...I've been having so much fun playing it I forgot it's there.
Between the blend and the 3-way pickup selector I have been able to leave the on-board eq slighty scooped and I'm good to go for rock, pop and lightly jazzier stuff. I'd forgotten how a maple fingerboard can sing on the highs. And killer sustain all around.
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I totally agree edpal . For what I do "progressive metal " I run the selector switch to the bridge single and blend in the middle. Then I cut mids on the bass eq from 12 o'clock to 9 ooclock then boost bass about from 12 to 3. Ive been cutting a little on the highs but I run my Eden Navigtor flat no eq no enhance into two dna dns 4x10s with horns so it's always crisp. I also spent a lot of time after getting strings height set getting pickups even and as close as possible without causing other noise.
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This bass is a Stellar !! l tried the ATK 805 at the guitar center
and l was reeeally impress !! really good construction, low action, It's a versatile Bass ! Soud pretty much close to the lakland 55-02 !!! and it's only $799 !!!
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I saw an ATK805 at a local Guitar Center. It seemed heavy, but well balanced, and it resonated well acoustically. The heaviness was a feature for me as I have found lighter ash bodies to be a bit thin.

The fretwork was perfect and the intonation and action were much better than any other bass in the store.

The neck felt chunky enough to be solid, unlike my ATK300 which had the typical Ibanez neck profile.

Unfortunately, this wasn't the 14th street Guitar Center, which I have always found to be quite friendly for four and five stringers, so nobody there could be arsed to get me a cable so I could see how it sounded plugged in. May have to go back with my own cable to see if the electronics were better than the ones on my old ATK300.
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Okay. I went to another local Guitar Center (still not the 14th st one which disproves most of the GC hatred here), and they did have an ATK805 and a cable, and I can comfortably say that this may be the best new bass in its price range.

The fretwork and neck were just as perfect as the other one, but this one seemed to be a pound or so lighter than the other.

Plugged in, I was able to get just about any sound I wanted by fiddling with my right hand and the EQ. I could cop a good Jazz tone (60s and 70s), an okay P bass tone, and a really good Stingray tone. That said, I loved the "default" tone with both pups blended equally, all EQ knobs centered and all the back pup coils on. Plenty of low end, with enough mids and treble to cut through any mix.

G.A.S. initiated.
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Old 04-18-2013, 11:30 AM
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Great basses! I really dig my ATK805. Very versatile bass , not a back breaker and a comfy chunky neck. It does a great Stingray tone without all the hi-fi snap. My only gripe is that the wood pick guard looks cheesy IMO. Would very much like to replace it with a diamond plate PG and distress the bridge.
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