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4 string to 5 string project

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by iriegnome, Feb 24, 2014.


  1. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

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    I have come to the realization that the only way I am going to get what I want is to build it. Now, I am not going to chop the tree start from scratch, but I would love some help with this. I am looking for a 4 string of any kind that I can modify into a 5'er. I am looking to make a 1-3/4" nut to a 2-1/2" heel into a 5 banger. I was looking into Warmoth bodies and necks, but would not be opposed to messing with a MIM fender or even a Epiphone LP kind of thing.
    I don't know at all what I am doing, but I do know what I want. Any help??
    I am looking for 16mm string spacing (5 string) 44mm at the nut, 64mm at the heel and a 34" scale.
     
  2. ctmullins

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    I discovered recently that the Schaller 2000 five-string bridge is a perfect retrofit to the standard Fender five-hole bridge mount:

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    It's not the cheapest bridge available, but the quality is excellent, and it's highly adjustable. 16mm spacing is no problem here.
     
  3. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

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    I am also going to need a 44mm 5 string nut as well.
     
  4. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

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    Does anyone know if 16.5mm string spacing would work on a Standard Fender P bass to convert to a 5'er
     
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  6. ctmullins

    ctmullins Registered thumper Supporting Member

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  7. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

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    I sent him a message
     
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    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

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    All 3 of those are frankensteined parts basses.
     
  10. Ric5

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    Some of my frankensteined basses

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  11. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

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    Great looking work. Just some beautiful basses... Are you using basses with 1-3/4 nut widths for that.. I really want to try one.
     
  12. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

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    Made my 4 string purchase. Now have to figure out the bridge. Picked up the string retainer and the tuners. Going with a 3+2 configuration
     
  13. Ric5

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    1 3/4" 1 5/8" 1 1/2" all can work.
     
  14. mormoyboy

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    What did you purchase as your starting point?

    Ric5, what about pickups? do you find that the 4-string designs are workable even with 5 strings at a different string spacing?
     
  15. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

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    I picked up a washburn rb 2002. They are great basses. Pretty cheap too. Just have to figure out exactly what bridge to pic up
     
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    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

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    I believe I will be going with a 3+2 tuner config. Just got to find the proper bridge and have a nut made for it.
     
  18. Ronbeast

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    Looks like a cool bass for the project. I bought a beat up p-bass for a 4 to 5 conversion.
     
  19. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

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    Shout out to Ric5 for being such a fantastic help.. My bass needed 2 tuners, I found Grover brushed chrome ones to match what is all ready there. Picked up the bridge and the nut blank. Total for transformation $33! Gotta love Make Offers on Ebay..
     
  20. BioWeapon

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    Those 4 string pups aren't going to be a problem?
    I know 4 string P pups and some jazz pups work with 5ers, but won't your D string go right between magnets?
     
  21. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

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    From what I understand, they should work. I think that the pole pieces are just extensions that create a magnetic field. I could be wrong though.
     

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