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5'er with a narrow neck.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ii7-V7, Nov 20, 2005.


  1. ii7-V7

    ii7-V7

    Aug 4, 2002
    Baltimore, MD
    Unlike most folks, I'm looking for a 5 string with a very narrow neck. I don't do much slapping, and I have small hands. I have difficulty reaching across five strings in the middle of the neck and higher.

    So, whats the fiver witha very narrow neck.....preferably fretless.

    Just for reference...I had a Warwick thumb 5 that I felt was fairly comfortable, but would like to find something more narrow.

    Chad
     
  2. Franklin229

    Franklin229 Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeast USA
    Musicman Stingray 5 might do it. Also most older Alembics (Spoilers, Series 1 and 2 etc.) came standard with narrow necks, if you have the $$.
     
  3. hasadari

    hasadari

    Jun 23, 2005
    The best narrow 5 I have had has been the Warwick Infinity SN 5. Great growl, great look, VERY narrow.
     
  4. SGT. Pepper

    SGT. Pepper Banned

    Nov 20, 2005
    Phila,Pa.
    Ibanez Sr series or any Schecter five string.
     
  5. Rick 4003S/5. Only available on the used market though.
     
  6. the Warwick corvette 5 is very narrow
     
  7. I concur in regard to the Corvette and Ibanez line, excluding the BTB.
     
  8. Yes it is. I never realized how narrow it was until I got my MTD. It's so much easier playing in the higher register on thel ower strings with the warwick. The spacing is perfect in my opinion.
     
  9. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    From the 5-strings that I have played, I'd say that MTD or Skjold are on the more narrow side (though I have pretty big hands, and they are still comfortable for me - but then again, so is my Fodera).

    Tom.
     
  10. ii7-V7

    ii7-V7

    Aug 4, 2002
    Baltimore, MD
    There are a few of the Ibanez line that I like, but they don't sell any fretless basses except for the GW models. And I can't find a store that carries one of those so as to try it out.

    I love Warwicks, but I just can't play a Corvette or Thumb. They are too darned heavy. I love them so much, but only for the first 45 mins of a show....then I start to really hate them.

    Chad
     
  11. Marley's Ghost

    Marley's Ghost Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    1) Essex BG205 - Very Narrow
    2) Carvin LB75P - Somewhat narrow but rounder.
     
  12. Marley's Ghost

    Marley's Ghost Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    Which MTD? My Kingston was like an aircraft carrier. :meh:
     
  13. Absolutely. Really wide, but shallow and tapered neck. 19mm string spacing at the bridge, so if you're looking for narrow, the MTD is not your bass.
     
  14. cb56

    cb56

    Jul 2, 2000
    Central Illinois
    G&L L5000 if you can find one. The narrowest neck I've played. But G&L only made 400 of them.
     
  15. CanadianBass48

    CanadianBass48

    May 8, 2005
    Ont, Can
    I would say a Warwick would hav e the narrowest neck for a five or any of their basses. The Geddy Lee jazz has a really small neck but it is only a four string.
     
  16. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    California
    Early ESP fivers.

    Yamaha BB5000 models.

    Those are discontinued, but they're really the narrowest basses i've ever tried.
     
  17. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    High end ibanez SR
     
  18. KeithPas

    KeithPas

    May 16, 2000
    Poulsbo,Wa

    This would be my suggestion as well. When the BB5000 was first introduced the neck was a four string neck, only slightly wider than a P bass neck.
    The later BB5000 models were significantly wider. It also happens to be a very good sounding bass.