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17mm (ie narrower) string spacing options

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by nostatic, Apr 19, 2010.

  1. nostatic

    nostatic Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2004
    lost angeles, CA
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs
    For the last 10 years I played Zon fretless and fretted 5 strings, both with 17mm string spacing. A few months ago I switched to a Sadowsky to work on my slap playing. Well, 19mm spacing certainly does make that easier and I love the sound of the Sadowsky. But after going back to my remaining Zon fretless last night, I realized that I'm *way* happier (as are my hands) with narrower string spacing.

    I know that Zon is 17mm and EB is 17.5 (at least for Sterling and StingRay). Any other notable nice basses? Another option is that I'll just go back to 4 string for fretted and get a J-style something or other. The reality is that I'm not a slap player, and instead like a very fast fingerboard to be able to work.
  2. Ibanez ATK305 - 17mm. Love it.

  3. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Big Dogs Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Ibanez SR's (and the Gary Willis fretless). My GWB1 is as lovely and playable an instrument as ever there was.

    Tobias - though my preference is for the older MBM (Made By Mike) basses.

    Music Man 5's

    Older Pedulla Pentabuzz (they switched to wider spacing a few years ago).
  4. CapnSev


    Aug 19, 2006
    Coeur d'Alene
    Warwick and Ibanez are both 16.5mm.
  5. Blake Bass

    Blake Bass Supporting Member

    Jan 10, 2006
    Montgomery, Texas
    How about splitting the difference and going for 18mm spacing like on a Roscoe..
  6. Sadowsky

    Sadowsky Commercial User

    Nov 1, 2000
    New York City
    Owner: Sadowsky Guitars Ltd.
    We offer an 18mm bridge option as well.

  7. Aspidites


    Oct 20, 2009
    Berkeley CA
    G&L L-1505 and 2500, 17mm spacing.
  8. Tropic


    May 19, 2009
    Woodbridge, Va
    Wow didn't realize Sadowsky was on TB.

    Schecters have 17mm string space. Check out their model T, Diamond P, and Diamond J.
  9. David1234


    Jun 1, 2004
    Sydney, Australia
    Endorsing Artist: SWR Amplifiers
    I am a slap player, for sure, and I like the 16.5mm spacing on my Warwick.
  10. jeffmaccora


    Jan 27, 2003
    Yeah, I had the same problem. Contacted Sadowsky and they wouldn't go under 18mm. I had Tim at Callowhill make me a custom bass which is still being built. 16.5mm spacing.
  11. Kambonation


    Nov 4, 2008
    My Warwick Flamin' Blonde Thumb Bolt on has 16.5mm spacing. I think it's actually help tighten up my slap style when I switch back to 4-string.
  12. ModuMan

    ModuMan How many is too many? Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2007
    Bristol, CT #19
    Modulus Q5's and Q6's are 17mm.
  13. IdealWay


    Oct 18, 2006
    Asheville, NC
    I'm curious, can the bridge on, say, a Modulus Quantum simply be swapped out to provide a wider string spacing or would the fretboard size not accomodate that?

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