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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mustang Surly, Dec 10, 2013.
Some SX, 4-string, short scales have a 2" string spread (E-G) at the bridge, others a 2-1/4".
The 2-1/4" ones have (at least to me) a very different-feeling neck and allow for a far wider choice of bridge upgrades, if one should happen to be so inclined.
My older ones have the 2" spread, my newer ones have the 2 1/4" spread.
Not sure if the headstock shape is an indicator as I have a jazz that has the Lakland style head stock and a 2 1/4" bridge. It's a blocked neck so that may have something to do with it. The ones with the Ursa headstock have 2 1/4" bridge.
I have 2, both with the "old" style headstock. One with a maple and the other with a rosewood board, both with dot markers rather than blocks. The maple is a 2"-er, the rosewood a 2-1/4". They may have gone to the ("standard") 2-1/4" partly because it's hard to find P-type pups whose pole pieces align properly with the narrower string spacing. Just a guess.
As alluded to above, with the exception of the Mustang RI bridges and a couple of spacing-adjustable after-market bridges, most seem to be made for 2-1/4" string spacing. I haven't found a high-mass bridge which is designed specifically for 2" spacing. Has anyone else?
The Kahler and Schaller bridges that adjust individual strings side-to-side are the only other bridges I know of that will accommodate the 2" spacing. No other suggestions?
High mass bridge with adjustable spacing:
Thanks for the tip!