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basses with 18mm bridge

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassmangreg, Jun 30, 2003.

  1. I just discovered that I would like to downsize and keep about three or four 5 string basses with an 18mm bridge. Maybe a 17mm if the neck co-operates.

    What are some of the 5 string basses with an 18mm bridge? I think that the Ken Smiths 5's, Roscoe Beck 5 (just maybe a 19mm), Yamaha TRB5's, Lakland 5501's, Alembic Epic 5's, Ibanez BTB 515's are 18mm but I'm not 100% sure. I think that the Pedulla Thunder basses have the 18mm bridge also.

    How about the Zon Sonus 5/2? Does anyone have that bass? I was told once it was a 17mm.

    I have some of these basses but they are not within my immediate reach....except for the Ken Smith.
  2. Lakland 55-01 and Yamaha TRB5 are 19mm spacing. I believe the Ibanez BTBs all are, as well.

  3. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Just get a bass with 3D bridge.
  4. What is a 3D bridge? What basses are they on?
  5. I believe he means a bridge that's adjustable in three dimensions, which would let you adjust the string spacing. Of course, that does nothing for the fact that the necks are different widths, too.

  6. Right you are, warwicks sport 3-D bridges. Quite nifty, if you ask me. :p
  7. Yep, but it still can't make a SSII-5 or Dolphin 5 have 19mm bridge spacing...

  8. Dr.SixString


    Apr 30, 2002
    Just because their necks are too narrow..
  9. godoze


    Oct 21, 2002
    My Smith 6 had 18mm spacing.
  10. Dr.SixString


    Apr 30, 2002
    My Yamaha TRB6II and my Status 6 have 18mm....
    My 1991 Yamaha TRB6P and my Warwick Stage1-6 have 19mm spacing, my streamer LX6 and my Gecko6 have 16.5mm (they can be adjusted to 17mm), my Fodera has....:D:D:D

    PS.all of the basses (mentioned above) are available in a 5 string version.
  11. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    Just to clarify: get a bass with 19mm spacing and a 3D ("six way?") bridge, and narrow the spacing a smidge. Sadly, widening the spacing on my 17mm basses is not a realistic option (outside strings would tend to flop off the sides of the neck).
  12. Thanks for all of the help. you know the bridge spacing on the Roscoe Beck?

    Is the bridge on the Lakland Skyline 5501 19mm?
  13. The Roscoe Beck has 19mm spacing standard, but the bridge does have adjustable string spacing. The 55-01 has 19mm spacing, but it's not adjustable.

  14. pistoleroace


    Sep 13, 2002
    The Roscoe 5-stringers are an 18mm.