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5-string, string spacing !!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Cliff Bordwell, Apr 21, 2004.

  1. 20mm (.787)

    5 vote(s)
  2. 19mm (.750)

    34 vote(s)
  3. 18mm (.708)

    15 vote(s)
  4. 17mm (.669)

    10 vote(s)
  1. Cliff Bordwell

    Cliff Bordwell Commercial User

    Jan 6, 2004
    USA , Orlando , Florida
    Owner of CB BASSES
    What spacing do you prefer on a 5-string ?
  2. pistoleroace


    Sep 13, 2002
    19 mm is preferred but my Roscoe LG 3005 with 18mm works for me without problems. I have tried 16.5-17mm and that does not work for me at all.
  3. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    I like around 18 mm . I dont like 5 strings for slapping as much, persay, so i like closer spacing to make string skipping eaasier.
  4. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    19 mm or more
  5. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    19mm or more for me too. After 20 years of playing Fender-style fours, I haven't been able to get fully comfortable on narrow fivers, even though I own a pair and play 'em fairly regularly.
  6. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I've never measured the distance between strings but I really like wide spacing. Despite that, I've always found Stingray 5s very easy to play. Go figure. :confused:
  7. pc


    Apr 4, 2000
    Montreal QC
    I like 17mm, but my it screws my slap. So I voted for 18mm. In fact my 6'er will sport a nice 18mm bridge :bassist:

    edit: Hey!!! 450 posts after four years!!! talk about lurking :D
  8. since i'm lazy... ;)

    what are some basses out there with huge string spacing?
  9. 16mm - no way, been there, hated it.

    18mm - ((((mmmm)))) :cool: my Tune ZiIII 6

    19mm - ((((mmmm)))) :cool: my Pedulla Thunderbass 5

    20mm - maybe if I had sausage fingers
  10. Tumbao


    Nov 10, 2001
    >18mm (and/or) <19mm
  11. learning_towalk

    learning_towalk Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2004
    Chattanooga, TN
    gimmie wide string spacing (ie KSD ProtoJ 5 70's model)
  12. Berten


    Jun 6, 2002
    Seems like most people like a broader spacing, but most (lowend) basses have a small spacing (Ibanez, washburn, ...)

    A bit stupid isn't it??
  13. Mudfuzz


    Apr 3, 2004
    No, not to me. My main bass for the last 11 years is a Ibanez Sr 505 [the original maple body one with jj pickups, and most importantly pre blend knobed]. And as of yet the only bass that I’ve played comes close to beating it in tone was a 64 J bass, but I think that has more to do with the right body and neck were put together than anything that Ibanez did.

    I prefer a thin neck on a 5 so that it feels like a big 4, it just feels more comfortable to me.
  14. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    17.5 or better. 17 if pushed.

    18-19 is preferable.
  15. egb41


    Mar 26, 2003
    U.S.A OHIO Columbus
    Does anyone know what an 18mm converts to in inches? is it 11/16? What are some examples of basses with 18mm spacing? Thanks.
  16. Mojo-Man


    Feb 11, 2003
    I won't play less than 19mm.
    20mm is good to.
  17. Suburban


    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    17 to 18. More makes me need a map, less makes slap difficult (no probs on 17mm!).
  18. Atshen


    Mar 13, 2003
    Grim Cold Québec
    Inches X 25.4 = Millimeters

    So 18mm / 25.4 = 0.709"
  19. I prefer to have all of my basses (4, 5, & 6 string) with the same string spacing of 19mm. I used to have a 5 string with 16.5mm spacing and after getting used to 19mm spacing, the 16.5 became unplayable and I sold it. I didn't believe it until I tried, but once you get accustomed to 19mm spacing, you won't want anything else. For me, consistent spacing between basses makes for consistent playing when switching between them.
  20. Jazzguy

    Jazzguy Banned

    May 3, 2004
    I like 3/4 on 4's 5's and 6's.
    Never played a 7.

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