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5-strings with about 18 mm string spacing

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Rocktometrist, Mar 30, 2014.

  1. Rocktometrist


    Oct 3, 2012
    18 mm string spacing works for me--wide enough that I don't catch my cuticles and bleed when I slap; narrow enough that I feel like I have good economy of motion when I'm playing finger-style.

    So what basses have something close to that? Options I know of are:

    - Fender V (18 mm)
    - Mike Lull 5 (18.3 mm)
    - Roscoe 5 (18.3 mm)

    Anybody know other ones around 18 mm (or know if I'm incorrect about the above ones)? Thanks!
  2. Triad

    Triad Commercial User

    Jul 4, 2006
    Luthier - Prometeus Guitars
    If I remember correctly, Ibanez BTBs have that spacing. And Status basses too.
  3. eloann


    May 14, 2012
    Dingwall (except Super J and Super P which are 19mm)
    singlemalt and MDBass like this.
  4. Schecter Diamond P-5.

    The original passive version was about 18-19 mm and they recently released an active model that I'm unsure of the spacing on.

    I had one for a little over a year. If I ever sell my mo better basses, I'll be looking into getting another one.
  5. tylerwylie


    Jan 5, 2008
    Dunwoody, GA
    BTB 5 strings have 19mm. Music man basses have 17.5mm.

    I know the NS CR5 Radius Bass has 18mm, and looks killer and sounds killer for pop/slap. Some people can't do the headless thing though.
  6. kevk

    kevk Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2014
    Napa Valley
    Mike Lull's are 18mm...correct about Roscoe 5's...don't know about Fender V's, though...:)
  7. Mikio


    Feb 21, 2009
    Santiago de Chile
    BTB's are 19MM. I had one that was very cool, the problem is that it was so wide that my elbow started hurting, so for some one with regular sized hands, I would recommend 19MM for 5ers only, other than 4 strings, of course (mine was 6, that was the problem).
  8. Bobster


    Mar 27, 2006
    Austin, TX
    The Squier VM basses are 18mm.
  9. Hevy T

    Hevy T Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2011
    Lethbridge, AB Canada
    The new Yamaha TRBX series of basses either the 305 or the 505
  10. tylerwylie


    Jan 5, 2008
    Dunwoody, GA

    BTB 6 strings have 17.5 or 17 mm spacing.
  11. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    MIA Fender is certainly my favorite 18mm spaced bass with the exception of the Roscoe Beck Sig which is 19mm.
  12. Rocktometrist


    Oct 3, 2012
    Funny enough, I have a Fender RB5, but have the stock Gotoh bridge set at the narrowest string spacing (just a little more than 18 mm). Man, I love that bass!
  13. gzarruk


    Aug 31, 2009
    I'm on the same quest for a bass with 17.5 or 18 mm string spacing and stil haven't fount it yet. Love my Yamaha TRB 1005 but the wide string spacing and fat neck are killing my hand. Anyone knows some other options on a lower price range?
  14. What amount is considered a 'lower price range'?
  15. gzarruk


    Aug 31, 2009
    Should have specified it lol. I meant, not on the "boutique bass" price range. I'm thinking on something around 1500, 2k max.
    The Fender AD looks great but I've heard they have issues with the electronics.
  16. Tunaman


    Dec 26, 2004
    Lakland DJ 5s
  17. Those are 19mm like all Laklands...
  18. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    You've found Lull basses. You don't need to look any further.
  19. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    I think Warwick makes some basses that fit those specs.