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5-strings with about 18 mm string spacing

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Rocktometrist, Mar 30, 2014.


  1. Rocktometrist

    Rocktometrist

    Oct 3, 2012
    Seattle
    18 mm string spacing works for me--wide enough that I don't catch my cuticles and bleed when I slap; narrow enough that I feel like I have good economy of motion when I'm playing finger-style.

    So what basses have something close to that? Options I know of are:

    - Fender V (18 mm)
    - Mike Lull 5 (18.3 mm)
    - Roscoe 5 (18.3 mm)

    Anybody know other ones around 18 mm (or know if I'm incorrect about the above ones)? Thanks!
     
  2. Triad

    Triad Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2006
    Europe
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    Luthier
    If I remember correctly, Ibanez BTBs have that spacing. And Status basses too.
     
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  4. eloann

    eloann

    May 14, 2012
    Switzerland
    Dingwall (except Super J and Super P which are 19mm)
     
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  5. Schecter Diamond P-5.

    The original passive version was about 18-19 mm and they recently released an active model that I'm unsure of the spacing on.

    I had one for a little over a year. If I ever sell my mo better basses, I'll be looking into getting another one.
     
  6. tylerwylie

    tylerwylie Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2008
    Roswell, GA
    BTB 5 strings have 19mm. Music man basses have 17.5mm.

    I know the NS CR5 Radius Bass has 18mm, and looks killer and sounds killer for pop/slap. Some people can't do the headless thing though.
     
  7. kevk

    kevk Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2014
    Northern CA
    Mike Lull's are 18mm...correct about Roscoe 5's...don't know about Fender V's, though...:)
     
  8. G On Bass

    G On Bass Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 31, 2007
    Ventura County, CA
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  9. Mikio

    Mikio

    Feb 21, 2009
    Santiago de Chile
    BTB's are 19MM. I had one that was very cool, the problem is that it was so wide that my elbow started hurting, so for some one with regular sized hands, I would recommend 19MM for 5ers only, other than 4 strings, of course (mine was 6, that was the problem).
     
  10. Bobster

    Bobster

    Mar 27, 2006
    Austin, TX
    The Squier VM basses are 18mm.
     
  11. The new Yamaha TRBX series of basses either the 305 or the 505
     
  12. tylerwylie

    tylerwylie Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2008
    Roswell, GA

    BTB 6 strings have 17.5 or 17 mm spacing.
     
  13. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    MIA Fender is certainly my favorite 18mm spaced bass with the exception of the Roscoe Beck Sig which is 19mm.
     
  14. Rocktometrist

    Rocktometrist

    Oct 3, 2012
    Seattle
    Funny enough, I have a Fender RB5, but have the stock Gotoh bridge set at the narrowest string spacing (just a little more than 18 mm). Man, I love that bass!
     
  15. gzarruk

    gzarruk

    Aug 31, 2009
    I'm on the same quest for a bass with 17.5 or 18 mm string spacing and stil haven't fount it yet. Love my Yamaha TRB 1005 but the wide string spacing and fat neck are killing my hand. Anyone knows some other options on a lower price range?
     
  16. G On Bass

    G On Bass Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 31, 2007
    Ventura County, CA
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    Endorsing: Conquest Cables
    What amount is considered a 'lower price range'?
     
  17. gzarruk

    gzarruk

    Aug 31, 2009
    Should have specified it lol. I meant, not on the "boutique bass" price range. I'm thinking on something around 1500, 2k max.
    The Fender AD looks great but I've heard they have issues with the electronics.
     
  18. Tunaman

    Tunaman Supporting Member

    Dec 26, 2004
    Boston
  19. G On Bass

    G On Bass Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 31, 2007
    Ventura County, CA
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    Endorsing: Conquest Cables
    Those are 19mm like all Laklands...
     
  20. chris_b

    chris_b

    Jun 2, 2007
    You've found Lull basses. You don't need to look any further.
     
  21. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    I think Warwick makes some basses that fit those specs.
     



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