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Widest possible string spacing on SX 5 string

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by progeny, Dec 2, 2013.

  1. progeny

    progeny

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    I have a problem/opportunity. My brand new SX Ursa 5 string Jazz bass just came in the mail about an hour ago. I plugged it up and I like it, but the string spacing is a wee bit too tight. I know most Jazz basses are in the 18-19mm string spacing at the bridge area but these bases are about 16.5mm string spacing.

    The width of the neck at the nut is 1.5 inches even. At the 20th fret, the width of the neck is 2.75 inches even. If I could change out the bridge and the nut, would it be possible to get 17-17.5mm spacing?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. bassbenj

    bassbenj

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    Assuming you want to keep it a 5 string, the issue is how close to the B and G strings get to the edge of the neck. If they are too close they are a problem. All I can say is that I widened one slightly in the past and it was OK but you can't push it out much. I had one of those old Wilkinson bridges with adjustable spacing. Now if you converted to a 4 string getting a 19 or 20mm spacing would be not problem . Same for a 5 string if you started with an Ursa 6 string.

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