Basses with tightest string spacings?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by psi, Dec 6, 2005.

  1. psi


    Mar 11, 2005
    New Jersey
    Anyone know of any basses with really tight string spacing? Preferably 4-string'ers.
  2. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Wishnevsky! Plus the strings don't fan from nut to bridge (at least on the one I had).
  3. I have one of those teardrop-shaped ones; I've heard it called a 'Bill Wyman' model- who knows. 30" scale & tight like a mandolin. I can't believe I used to play punk rock on it...
  4. Steinberger XL-2 5-string narrow model. Imagine five strings on the same body bass as your XL-2, 'cause that's what it is.
  5. Ibanez SR 5 stringers are damn close!
  6. ras1983


    Dec 28, 2004
    Sydney, Australia
    Do you actually prefer basses with tighter string spacing or do you just want to know which basses have tighter string spacing? :confused:

    FWIW, most warwicks, SR5's.
  7. The dude from Manowar has a reeeeeaaaaaaly close string spacing on his 4'er, but i dunno what bass this is, I think it's a ric...
  8. Manowar are quite possibly the WORST band in the history of music.
  9. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    I have a Peavey Fury six string, which is also available as a four. VERY tight string spacing, all the way down the neck.
  10. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
    My Warwick 5 Corvette has some rather tight spacing.
  11. Brad Maestas

    Brad Maestas Sono est omnia Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2003
    Petaluma, CA, USA
    Surely, the Bass VI wins the contest for narrow spacing.
    I remember the old Peavey TL-5 and TL-6 having very close spacing. As a general rule, a four string bass is going to have wider spacing at the bridge than a five or six-string. For instance, it is customary for builders to use 19mm for their 4-string and 17mm or less for 5- and 6-strings.

    My Hofner is the most narrow-spaced bass I've ever owned. You're right bassteban, some of the Vox basses can be very, very narrow as well. My jazz bass is really narrow at the nut but the spacing is normal at the bridge. I used to have two Alembics and both of them had annoyingly narrow spacing. I also had some Warwick Streamers, a Stage 1 and a Stage 2. Of the two, I liked the S2 better but it was just too narrow for me to use as my main instrument.

    Regardless of how many strings the bass has, I like to have at least 17mm at the bridge. My main bass is a 6-string and it has 19mm spacing. That makes for a pretty wide neck but I don't mind. I like to be able to 'git in there'.
  12. troll


    Aug 31, 2000
    Chicago area
    Les Claypools CT 6 string fretted?
  13. 6-3-2


    Sep 20, 2003
    Aria SB-1000 is supposed to be infamous for tight string spacing.
  14. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    My Peavey Palaedium. Lots of Ibanez Soundgears.
  15. psi


    Mar 11, 2005
    New Jersey
    I've read tight string spacing is very convenient when playing fingerstyle. Just wanted to test it out.
  16. Bernie Connors

    Bernie Connors Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2002
    Indiana, USA
    Jean Baudin's basses have 15mm spacing at the bridge. That's tight!
  17. Petary791


    Feb 20, 2005
    Michigan, USA
    Geddy Lee Jazz
  18. Oxblood

    Oxblood Inactive

    Apr 17, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    Um, no it doesn't.
  19. Petary791


    Feb 20, 2005
    Michigan, USA
    By the nut it does I mean. Pretty narrow neck!