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Bass bridges and string spacing resource

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by jetgraphics, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. jetgraphics

    jetgraphics

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    My first (and lost) bass had a narrow string spacing at the bridge.
    I never could find another bass that "fit" my short stubby fingers so well.

    I would like to compile a reference of bass bridge string spacing so I would not make the mistake of picking a bass with the "wrong" spacing. Or better yet, find some way to match the narrow spacing by picking a 5 string or 6 string model with similar string to string spacing.

    For example, Fender standard (FSB) is approx. 2.25" overall dimension, and .75" string to string.

    TABLE [metric, american]
    Model : string to string; overall
    FSB : 19mm = 3/4", (.750"); 2.25" overall


    Any owners of vintage Teisco (1968 - 1972) basses, feel free to post those vital stats.

    THANKS!!!
  2. jetgraphics

    jetgraphics

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    The following is a compilation of data, which may be in error, but hopefully is accurate - - -

    25.4 mm = 1.0 inch

    BRIDGE SPACING:

    13 mm = 33/64" (.512) Stellah six string bass

    14 mm = 35/64" (.551) Ibanez Gerald Veasley signature 6
    14.25 mm = 9/16" (.5625) six string bridges
    14.8 mm = 37/64"(.583) Hofner Icon, Carvin CB100, Douglas ss Violin Bass

    15 mm = 19/32" (.593) six string bass bridges
    15.5 mm = 19/64" (.610) LTD ESP E-205SMFL, Washburn V MIJ,

    16 mm = 5/8" (.625) Brice V, Squier Jag V, SX Ursa 2 VI, Alembic, Steinberger V, Peavey Cirrus V
    16.25 mm = (.640) Hipshot, DarkStar1, Guild Starfire (1960), OLP MM3 V
    16.5 mm = 41/64"(.649) Ibanez Gio GSR206 VI, Aria SB, Ibanez SR series V
    16.6 mm = 21/32"(.656) Hipshot "A"

    17 mm = (.669) Hipshot "B," SX SJB Shortscale, Rickenbacker (?)
    17.17 mm = 43/64" (.676) Rickenbacker (?)
    17.25 mm = (.680) BiSonic, Epiphone Jack Casady, Dark Star2, Guild/DeArmond Starfire II re-issue
    17.5 mm = 11/16"(.6875) Carvin LB50, Teisco (and related brands), Westone Quantum, MM Bongo V, Peavey BXP V
    17.68 mm = (.696) Gibson EB-0 Bass

    18 mm = (.707) Epiphone Jack Casady special (??)
    18 mm = 45/64" (.7087) Hipshot “A” 5 string (Fender mount)

    19mm = 3/4" (.750) Fender Standard Bass, SX Gypsy Rose
    19.85mm= 25/32" (.781) Peavey T-40

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