String spacing on a Jazz Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bmoney1990, Apr 9, 2014.


  1. bmoney1990

    bmoney1990

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    Hello all,

    I'm not sure if any of you are familiar with Scott Devine (though I'm sure several of you have). He has a custom Overwater bass with what seems like a slimmer neck and 18mm string spacing. I am curious, how could I achieve that on a standard Fender J? Cheers!
  2. hdracer

    hdracer Supporting Member

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    Elk River, MN.
    change out the bridge.
    Hipshot makes one.
  3. AndroWal

    AndroWal Supporting Member

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    When having tighter string-spacing, it's good to have a neck width that is relative to the spacing.....I play 5-string basses with 16.5mm spacing. The width of my necks...+ and - a bit is 46mm at the nut and 71mm at the 24th fret. I had Overwater make me a J5 with this spacing.

    There are some luthiers that make Jazz basses (or single-coil loaded basses) with narrower spacing such as Overwater...also visit www.public-peace.de ...I believe their common spacing is 17mm on their "Elwood" (5-strings).

    Regarding Fenders...or related....I believe there is a Squire Jazz bass that has narrower spacing...17.5mm I believe....again for a 5-string.

    And lastly....I think that Scott's Overwater Jazz is 16.5mm...

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