Any four string basses with narrow string spacing?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Solude, May 22, 2018.

  1. Solude


    Sep 16, 2017
    Finding a short scale bass wasn't terribly challenging but are there any four string basses with narrower than the typical .75"/19mm spacing? Please keep it to options under $1K.
  2. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    some bridges will allow you to narrow your spacing considerably...and a bridge would be less expensive than an instrument. just sayin'. ;)
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  3. Solude


    Sep 16, 2017
    True but the bridge won't narrow the neck to match.
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  4. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Hofners have very narrow spacing.
  5. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    Rics are narrow at the bridge, wide at the nut.
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  6. Solude


    Sep 16, 2017
    Thanks gents.
  7. Skokiaan


    Jun 19, 2004
    New Jersey
    Hofners are all short scale and narrow spaced. Their Contemporary line is under $1,000.

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  8. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    That and Danelectro
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  9. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    Epi EA-260 Bass.JPG Or, most Hofner clones (much less than $1K); most early '70s Japanese basses - like this one; or Mosrite basses (won't be under $1K, though); or the Mosrite copies....;)
  10. fermata

    fermata Guest

    Nov 10, 2015
    For short scales, check out the Chowny SWB-1, Guild Starfire and M-85 (they show up used under $1K), Danelectro Longhorn, Epiphone Viola and Rumblekat, and most anything Hofner (the Contemporary line is excellent). The medium scale Aria Pro II CSB/TSB models from the early 80s also have narrow spacing at the bridge and are very good instruments at affordable (used) prices.
    Last edited: May 22, 2018
  11. Greginperth


    Feb 10, 2018
    Gibson SG are narrow spaced at 17mm.
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  12. foolforthecity

    foolforthecity Supporting Member

    MM Sterling
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  13. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    Check out different scale basses, short or medium. There'll be a lot more options in spacing with smaller scales than without. The gibson, that someone mentioned earlier, does have smaller string spacing. I didn't care for the feel of the bass or the sound when I tried one though. But, I dont care for the guitar version either. Plenty of people out there do. But, it did look good for sure. That's what made me want to pick it up and play.
  14. Peteyboy


    Apr 2, 2018
    Los Angeles
    I used to own a Vox double cutaway hollowbody that had a neck that was so narrow I couldn't cope with it. I have large-ish hands and it was not easy to play without gutter balling the E or G strings right off the fretboard. I was younger and maybe more ham-fisted, but I had to sell it. Too narrow.
  15. FingerDub

    FingerDub Inactive

    Jan 8, 2016
  16. ktedrow


    Feb 18, 2015
    Folsom, CA
    I believe that Soundgear and MM Sterling are both 19mm at the bridge. At least every one I've seen is.

    They're narrow at the nut (38mm/1.5") but widen to 19mm space at the bridge.
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  17. rogerbmiller

    rogerbmiller Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 16, 2003
    Vintage Aria pro IIs have 16mm spacing. The SB line, TSB line and CSB line. The latter two are also medium scale.
  18. pbassjbass


    Jun 21, 2013
    Fender / Squire Bass VI
  19. holdfast


    Jan 27, 2014
  20. FishDub

    FishDub Stuck in the 80s and happy about it Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2011
    Charlotte, NC
    I have a Steinberger XL2 that is very well known for having very tight string spacing. However if your budget is 1k it wont be an option. Not sure about the Steinberger Synapse 4 or Radius basses but it may be worth a check if you can get past the boat oar shape..