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Five string spacing 18mm, 19mm, 17mm whats your preference?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Doug Parent, Sep 5, 2012.

  1. Doug Parent

    Doug Parent Gold Supporting Member

    May 31, 2004
    San Diego, Ca.
    Dealer Nordstrand Pickups.
    I'm basing this thread off another one just posted, asking which brand of bass is your favorite. I'm curious, from the viewpoint of a player, and a small volume builder, which string spacing at the bridge that most players prefer on their five string basses?

    For me, I prefer the Fender V format: 18mm spacing.

    Some have said that 19mm feels a little too wide. Others have written that for slapping, 19 is perfect. I also notice that some gospel players seem to lean in that direction as well.

    Whats your preference, and which bass do you play (assuming it has your favorite string spacing @ the bridge) ?
  2. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    19mm is 'normal', anything less is narrow and is made for girly hands :)

    So 19mm for me!
  3. echoSE7EN


    Jul 1, 2010
    Balto., MD
    18mm, but I have "girly hands" according to mmbongo.
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  4. jlepre

    jlepre Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2007
    Parsippany, NJ
    I can play just about any spacing with no problems. My preference? 17.5.

    EDIT: I have VERY short fingers.
  5. for fingerstyle 18mm is perfect
    for slap 19mm is perfect

  6. kimokeo


    Jul 7, 2009
    Pedulla MVP 5 with 19mm spacing. Very comfortable for me.
  7. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    The wider, the better for me.

    ...doesn't make you a bad guy. I'm just sayin'....
  8. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
    Not only do I not have girly hands, but my main Modulus is 17mm and it is perfect spacing for me. I love the extremely tight narrow spacing. I guess my Fender Precision Deluxe 5'er has a 21mm string spacing which is probably why I don't play it very much. However, most of my 4 string basses that I have sport the 19mm.. So I guess I just overly confused myself
  9. I prefer 19-20mm. It feels more familiar.
  10. you should have post a poll.
  11. I feel comfortable on wide 19mm spacing.
    Its a man's spacing :p
  12. I open a thread asking for the string spacing for a Yamaha RBX 765A. I need a bridge for this one and can't find anything about the spacing. Any help will be good for me. Thanks.
  13. curbowkid

    curbowkid Guest

    Jun 27, 2011
    Brooklyn, New York
    What's the best spacing for metal?

    But for real I'm fine with 17.5 but that's only because I've had to adapt my technique to the bass I own. If I could have it my way, 19mm
  14. Doug Parent

    Doug Parent Gold Supporting Member

    May 31, 2004
    San Diego, Ca.
    Dealer Nordstrand Pickups.
    Good suggestion, however, I also asked for additional commentary i.e.; which bass you play.
  15. cthomas5200

    cthomas5200 Supporting Member

    Jun 27, 2011
    Atlanta, GA
    Ditto. I default to 19mm but I also have huge, non-girly hands!
  16. Alleva-Coppolo LM5 (70's style J) and Norstrand VP5 (80's style P). Both 'full' 19mm, which basically makes them feel like a standard 4 string with an 'extra string'. I prefer relatively wide spacing at the nut also. I also prefer 24" scale, although, again, can play pretty much anything with no problem.

    I can pretty much play anything (except maybe that 20mm Yamaha Patitucci 6 string:eek:).
  17. 19mm - preferred.

    18mm - tolerable

    anything below 18mm - Just can't do it. Cramp city.
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  18. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    19mm, or better yet 20mm...
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  19. onda'bass

    onda'bass Supporting Member

    Sep 5, 2010
    Buffalo Ny
    16.5 all the way...for me that is ;0
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  20. DiabolicLow B

    DiabolicLow B Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Ontario, Canada
    18mm is perfect.