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Five string spacing 18mm, 19mm, 17mm whats your preference?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Doug Parent, Sep 5, 2012.

  1. Doug Parent

    Doug Parent Gold Supporting Member

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    I'm basing this thread off another one just posted, asking which brand of bass is your favorite. I'm curious, from the viewpoint of a player, and a small volume builder, which string spacing at the bridge that most players prefer on their five string basses?

    For me, I prefer the Fender V format: 18mm spacing.

    Some have said that 19mm feels a little too wide. Others have written that for slapping, 19 is perfect. I also notice that some gospel players seem to lean in that direction as well.

    Whats your preference, and which bass do you play (assuming it has your favorite string spacing @ the bridge) ?
  2. mmbongo

    mmbongo Supporting Member

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    19mm is 'normal', anything less is narrow and is made for girly hands :)

    So 19mm for me!
  3. echoSE7EN

    echoSE7EN Gold Supporting Member

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    18mm, but I have "girly hands" according to mmbongo.
  4. jlepre

    jlepre Supporting Member

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    I can play just about any spacing with no problems. My preference? 17.5.

    EDIT: I have VERY short fingers.
  5. Emibass

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    for fingerstyle 18mm is perfect
    for slap 19mm is perfect

    18,5mm?????
  6. kimokeo

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    Pedulla MVP 5 with 19mm spacing. Very comfortable for me.
  7. Lo-E

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    The wider, the better for me.

    ...doesn't make you a bad guy. I'm just sayin'....
  8. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

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    Not only do I not have girly hands, but my main Modulus is 17mm and it is perfect spacing for me. I love the extremely tight narrow spacing. I guess my Fender Precision Deluxe 5'er has a 21mm string spacing which is probably why I don't play it very much. However, most of my 4 string basses that I have sport the 19mm.. So I guess I just overly confused myself
  9. mcnach

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    I prefer 19-20mm. It feels more familiar.
  10. Emibass

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    you should have post a poll.
  11. ShowKing

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    I feel comfortable on wide 19mm spacing.
    Its a man's spacing :p
  12. fredolee16

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    I open a thread asking for the string spacing for a Yamaha RBX 765A. I need a bridge for this one and can't find anything about the spacing. Any help will be good for me. Thanks.
  13. curbowkid

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    What's the best spacing for metal?


    But for real I'm fine with 17.5 but that's only because I've had to adapt my technique to the bass I own. If I could have it my way, 19mm
  14. Doug Parent

    Doug Parent Gold Supporting Member

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    Good suggestion, however, I also asked for additional commentary i.e.; which bass you play.
  15. cthomas5200

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    Ditto. I default to 19mm but I also have huge, non-girly hands!
  16. KJung

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    Alleva-Coppolo LM5 (70's style J) and Norstrand VP5 (80's style P). Both 'full' 19mm, which basically makes them feel like a standard 4 string with an 'extra string'. I prefer relatively wide spacing at the nut also. I also prefer 24" scale, although, again, can play pretty much anything with no problem.

    I can pretty much play anything (except maybe that 20mm Yamaha Patitucci 6 string:eek:).
  17. Grateful

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    19mm - preferred.

    18mm - tolerable

    anything below 18mm - Just can't do it. Cramp city.
  18. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

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    19mm, or better yet 20mm...
  19. jacojbass

    jacojbass Supporting Member

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    16.5 all the way...for me that is ;0
  20. DiabolicLow B

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    18mm is perfect.

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