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HELP! Desperate for Bass Dimensions!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dc10bass, Jan 11, 2006.

  1. All,
    I'm having a Fenderbird built and need some key dimensions in order to have the pickups in the correct location!
    I understand that it is very important to have them in the correct position in order to have it sound authentic.

    I need the following dimensions off of a 1960's or 1970's Gibson Thunderbird;

    Dimension 1
    Center of 12th fret to Center of chrome neck pickup

    Dimension 2
    Center of neck pickup to center of bridge pickup

    Dimensions 3 & 4 (from a 1960's Thunderbird)
    Center of 12th fret to Center of bridge (2 piece bridge style)
    Center of 12th fret to Center of Tailpiece (2 piece bridge style)

    Your info is greatly appreciated!!!

    Thank you!
    Curt (dc10bass)

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  2. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Why the center of the 12th fret? wouldn't it be a heckuva lot easier to measure from the fret itself?
  3. aquateen


    Apr 14, 2005
  4. Tplyons... point taken.

    Auqateen... you are giant help!
    I'm going to have to dive into the dudepit!

    Curt (dc10bass)
  5. That bass is a 34" scale, meaning the 12th fret (on the fretwire) to bridge distance is slightly over 17 inches. Slightly over, because of intonation adjustment. Your mark for the bridge line looks a bit far back. The line should be just in front of the saddles. From there, you can get most of the numbers from the picture.

    I get these numbers (from your picture / from dudepit picture):
    A (center of 12th fretwire - center of neck pickup): 10.52 / 10.66 inches
    B (center of 12th fretwire - center of bridge pickup): 14.05 / 14 inches
    D (bridge saddle - tailpiece): 1.05 / 1.2 inches
  6. Thank you very much for your time and effort!!!
  7. Thank you very much for your time and effort!!!