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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

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
    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

    ctmullins Registered Panther Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    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.
     
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  4. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
    I am also going to need a 44mm 5 string nut as well.
     
  5. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
    Does anyone know if 16.5mm string spacing would work on a Standard Fender P bass to convert to a 5'er
     
  6. ctmullins

    ctmullins Registered Panther Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
  7. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
    I sent him a message
     
  8. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
  9. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    All 3 of those are frankensteined parts basses.
     
  10. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    Some of my frankensteined basses

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  11. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
    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

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
    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

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    1 3/4" 1 5/8" 1 1/2" all can work.
     
  14. mormoyboy

    mormoyboy

    Oct 9, 2012
    NWOhio
    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

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
    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
     
  16. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
  17. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
    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. 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

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
    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. 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

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
    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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