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Basses with shortest/closest string spacing?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mytt88, Jan 13, 2014.

  1. Mytt88


    Jan 18, 2011
    Are there any bases with really tight string spacings? Kind of like a bass Vi but with 4 strings and a slim neck? I'm exclusively a pick player

    I currently have an ibanez atk 300 and the neck is chunky but I wanted an alternative to mix things up and just wanted to know what was out there. cheers
  2. Mosrites have short scale (30"), close string spacing (9/16"), thin necks and low frets. Like they say "If you can find an easier playing bass, buy it".

    Rick B.
  3. Aria SB-1000. There is practically no taper from the nut to the bridge with lends to a very narrow feel. But, the neck is far from thin. It's quite chunky front to back but narrow side to side. Unlike any other bass I've seen. I like it a lot with a pick.

  4. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

    May 30, 2006
    Any more that meet the requirement, fellow TB'ers? Like to find one as well that is well under 16mm spacing. Like 11-12mm. In the words of Cactus.....Boogie.
  5. Chrisk-K


    Jan 20, 2010
    Maryland, USA
  6. AltGrendel

    AltGrendel Squire Jag SS fan. Supporting Member

    May 21, 2009
    Mid-Atlantic USA.
    Check out a Jag SS if you get a chance.
  7. DrDAV14

    DrDAV14 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2008
    My Status Stealth has 16.5mm spacing at the bridge, which is narrow. Standard spacing is 19mm.
  8. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
  9. tink9975

    tink9975 Supporting Member

    Aug 10, 2006
    MoCo, MD
    Ibanez Veasley Sig bass is 14mm at the bridge, but a 6'er and pretty pricey
  10. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    The old Italian-made Vox basses from the '60s, such as the teardrop Bill Wyman model, were the very definition of 'pencil neck'. The solid Phantom bass was more P-bass like, but the BW and the the other hollowbody Vox's were, to me, unplayable, but it might work for you. Unfortunately, even though they weren't the best built, they fetch stupid money as 'collectables'.
  11. khutch

    khutch Praise Harp

    Aug 20, 2011
    suburban Chicago
    Eastwood guitars makes some Mosrite and other retro basses. I have no idea what their string spacings are. If no one here knows you could try emailing EastwoodGuitars.com
  12. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper Fender, EBMM, Rickenbacker, BSX. I'm Marc! Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2011
    East Meadow, NY, USA
    In terms of 5ers, G&L L5000 and the original Yamaha 5ers (BB5000 and RBX5 prior to 1989).
  13. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Banned

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    Early Alembic 6 ers are so narrow they are practically unplayable!
  14. Ibanez Sr 16.5mm at bridge. SX short scale 16.5 mm at bridge and 3/8" @ nut
    The SR's are 34" scale just so you know.
    Also the Fender BASS VI is 30" scale and strings close together ~ .312"
  15. Ibanez SR for sure. Super skinny neck and fairly tight spacing.
  16. wrench45us


    Aug 26, 2011
    Ken Smith burner models are 16.5 mm, but 35 inch scale

    now discontinued Steinberger Spirit and Synapse have narrow spacing in similar dimensions

    those are for 5'ers
  17. VegetarianBass


    Aug 23, 2011
    What about those Fender Pawn Shop VI basses?
  18. I just looked at the Eastwood website, and the Hi-Flyer has a Fender-style bridge so it will be wide spacing. The bass sounds nice in the demo video. Pretty close to the sound of my 2-pickup Mosrite.

    Rick B.
  19. I'll second the Ibanez SR series; The 4 string necks are only 38mm wide, and 19.5mm thick at the nut, but with 19mm spacing at the bridge - I play with a pick too.
  20. BassBuzzRS


    Oct 18, 2005
    Ibanez Gerald Veasley signature