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is 3" center to center normal spacing for a 6 string?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tjclem, Jan 11, 2005.


  1. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    Just got in a bridge for a project and I wanted to be sure. Thanks ............t
     
  2. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    3 inches where? At the bridge?
     
  3. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    Sorry yes at the saddles :D
     
  4. Richard Lindsey

    Richard Lindsey

    Mar 25, 2000
    Metro NYC
    Well, there *is* no "normal" for 6 string--there's only a range of common values. But 3" is way on the tight side for my tastes.

    For purposes of comparison, 3" is what, about 76 mm? Standard spacing on a 4 string is about 19 mm. If you were to carry that same spacing over to a 6 string, that would give you 5 times 19, or 95 mm. Some people like the spacing at 20, which would give you 100 mm. I have 18 mm spacing on my 6s, which yields a total of 90. On Carvins, which are noticeably tighter at roughly 16.5 mm, the total spread would still be 82-83 mm. So again, your spacing would definitely be on the tight side. But there are some people who like that. Who knows, you might be one.