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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MAJOR METAL, Jan 3, 2007.
Do you prefer wide or narrow bass necks ?
i don't like overly wide or narrow necks, but a nice compromise in between
I like to use pretty narrow 5 strings. The strings on my Cirrus are almost too narrow to slap easily on the E and other strings. However, I mainly use the B string for slapping so it's not really a concern.
For 5 string....Wide at the bridge, relatively narrow at the nut (like the Sadowsky neck).... gives you plenty of room for right hand technique without the neck feeling so big.
For 4 string... doesn't matter
I prefer wide over narrow. I actually have a P neck on my white homebuilt Jazz. It says Jazz Bass, but it's really a P. A very FAST P, mind you, but it is still a P.
For 4-strings I generally prefer wider (P). For 5-string I generally prefer somewhat narrow or in the middle.
narrow at the nut area for comfy left hand and a bit wider on the bridge approach so that my fat little greedy hands can fit in.
example: I was playing my Spector (which I don't play that much anymore, as you know) last night and I felt that the string spacing on the 5 string was a little thin, but on my geckos, it's a bit wider and more controllable. the spector is not able to be adjusted for the width.
overall I prefer a neck similar to your lakland or on my USACG necks.
Somewhat narrow, but relatively thick, front-to-back.
On women, or basses?
WIDER IS BETTER.
If it's wide enough, I can deal with thin, front to back. But, for the most part, I also enjoy thick necks. My ideal neck would be a Spector style chunky neck, with wider nut. 1 & 5/8ths" on a four, 1 & 7/8ths on a five, and so on. Or wider. 1.75" on a four is one of my favorite neck types. Combine that with a Spector, or super-chunky P neck, and you've got how I roll.
I have medium-sized hands (at best), but i prefer wide necks. Why? Two reasons:
1. String spacing, especially on basses on which I slap
2. Less tendency to wrap my thumb over the top of a wide neck. I try my damndest to keep it centered on the back of the neck, but I slip up sometimes.
Narrow narrow narrow.
My hands are big enough for large necks, but I do a lot of chordwork and it's much more comfortable on J-ish type widths. Also I fret the E-string with my thumb quite often.
Not that I don't love my P of course.
I like Ibanez and Carvin necks and string spacings. Nice and fast and tight. I got stubby fingers.
Wide. I have long gangly fingers.
Narrow. I'm surprised to see I'm in the majority so far. I'm sure there'll be a better average in a few days, but I thought most people said narrow necks give them hand cramps.
Naw actually, from my experience, it's anywhere from 3-5:1, those who prefer narrow necks to bigger ones.
I prefer Narrow personally because of short fingers, although I generally build more medium necks. The most common orders I get for basses are; 4 string-1 9/16 @ nut, 5 string- 1 3/4 @ nut, 6 -string 2 1/16 @ nut, 7 string - 2 1/4 @ nut, this is only my experience, and is strictly from a custom standpoint. Bridge widths are less predictable....anywhere from 14 mm to 22 mm spacing with the average being between 16 and 19.
That was true for fours and it's now true for fives. And my hands are on the smallish side.
i like wide necks but carrot cake is good too, esp. with Cream Cheese Icing.