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Is there a P5 with narrow spacing?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Webtroll, Mar 3, 2014.


  1. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative Supporting Member

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    Is there a traditional style passive single split P pickup bass with a 1.75" nut and bridge spacing around 18mm that are lightweight (no bridge pickup preferred)? The Fender and Squier P5s are spaced a bit wide for my tastes, and I don't have the funds to have a luthier build me one. I've thought about buying parts from Warmoth, but I'd hate to buy all the parts and put something together I'd lose a ton of money reselling if I don't like it. I've been looking at the Gibson EB 5 string basses but they're not what I want. Not bad, just not the style I want.

    So, is there anything like that out there?
     
  2. cb56

    cb56

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    G&L L5000 if you can find one, but the string spacing was more like 16mm. They only made 400 of them and like a fool I sold mine.
     
  3. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative Supporting Member

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    The L5000 is one of my dream basses, I'd love to have one with a rosewood fingerboard and a scythe headstock. I'd get used to the 16mm bridge and play with a pick and a grin.
     
  4. hdracer

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    How about the Squier P5 and put a Hipshot bridge on it and have a nut made to bring the strings closer at the nut?
    The stock bridge is 18.5
     
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  6. cb56

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    Mine was a clear coat finish on ash body. Rosewood fretboard and sickle headstock. Man do I ever regret getting rid of that thing. GREAT tone!
     
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  8. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative Supporting Member

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    I've thought about it, that or getting one and having a neck made for it, but I do like the way thinner necks feel in my hand so I'm not sure narrower spacing on a wider neck would work out. *also* I prefer rosewood to maple. Still worth consideration.
     
  9. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative Supporting Member

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    Not a fan of Carvin. Style wise I think they miss more than they hit. I've considered having one made, but haven't played one I've loved which isn't terribly inspiring.
     
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    [​IMG]
     
  11. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative Supporting Member

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    :oops: I wish you'd PM'd me that link tho HA!
     
  12. Fair Warning

    Fair Warning Deliverin' the Goods! Supporting Member

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    I was in your boat, trying to find a P5 with easier to handle string spacing. I ended up trying the Carvin PB5, and am quite happy with it. It is only 1.76 at the nut as mentioned earlier with standard spacing at the bridge (18.5), and a very thin neck, so I like this set up much better than my Warwick now (which has closer strings at the bridge (16 I think)
     
  13. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

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    The first generation Yamaha BB5000 had very narrow spacing.
     
  14. dannybuoy

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    Current Yamaha BB 5-strings have 18mm at the bridge and are 42mm wide at the nut. I don't get on with the 47mm nut width Fender use!
     
  15. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative Supporting Member

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    Thanks for finding that, but it looks like it's a lined fretless according to the GC rep I spoke to. So close...
     
  16. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper Call me Marc or Marky Potatoes. Gold Supporting Member

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    That looks like an aftermarket job too, given the dot inlays.

    Best I can say is keep an eye out for one. You get lucky maybe once a year with the L5000.
     
  17. darrenmt

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    TB forums. Where dreams almost come true
     

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