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Six string bass with close string spacing

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by evil1603, May 17, 2011.

  1. evil1603


    Sep 15, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA

    What six string models have the closest string spacings (at bridge)? Except Fender VI type basses, and preferably < $2,500.

    I apologize in advance if this question has been answered in older threads (looked and didn't find this particular topic).

    Many thanks!
  2. lucas vigor

    lucas vigor Banned

    Sep 2, 2004
    Orange County, Ca,
    Good lord! My carvin LB76 is so tight spaced! I wish 19mm was standard on sixes.
  3. jjk2007

    jjk2007 Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Endorsing Artist: DNA
    Well, the Gerald Veasley Ibanez has 14mm spacing, but it sells for 2X more than you're looking to spend so....
  4. Peavey Cirrus?
  5. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    A lot of lower-priced imports have 16.5mm spacing, which is probably as tight as you'll find without going custom or buying a different bridge. The Ibanez SR six-strings are that width I believe.
  6. Sane


    Dec 4, 2004
    Melbourne Fl
    Warwicks... non Broadneck versions are 16.5.
  7. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    Ibanez SR5006E, SR506, & SR706 have closer spacing, while their BTB 6's do not. The Prestige SR5006E is a very nice bass but $3K.
  8. FC Bass

    FC Bass Alembic and Mesa/Boogie junkie

    Jun 9, 2006
    Older Alembic (especially Spoiler) six strings tend to have extremely tight spacing:


  9. groooooove

    groooooove Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    carvin's 6 strings always have had very nice and tight string spacing. the older ones were a bit tighter - i had a '92 LB76 that sounded fantastic, and played beautifully, with very tight spacing..
  10. Schecter Stiletto's - Studio and Custom models, if I remember right.
  11. shannons


    May 29, 2007
    W. Seattle, WA
    Endorsing artist: Ampeg
    The closest string spacing will be from Ibanez or Carvin. I LOVE my Carvin LB76 (made in the 92-94 era). It's closest, but I have no problem with pick, finger or slap techniques.
  12. evil1603


    Sep 15, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    Thanks for everyone's input!
  13. jim777

    jim777 Tarantula Lobbyist

    Aug 7, 2006
    South Jersey
    You can find a new SR5006e for less than 2K VERY easily. If not, send me a PM and I'll point you somewhere.
  14. El-Bob

    El-Bob Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2006
    Hamilton, ON
    Warwick, Ibanez, Schecter, Carvin, ESP, Spector (may be wrong on that one), Dean, etc. should all have the same 16.5mm spacing. That's about as narrow as you're going to get on a production 6-string.

    Really, the better question would be which basses in that price range don't have tight spacing. :p
  15. Hawkbone


    Mar 23, 2009
    Yamaha TRB1006
  16. El-Bob

    El-Bob Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2006
    Hamilton, ON
    Pretty sure those are actually one of the wider spacings available on a 6, are they not?
  17. TRB1006's got 17mm spacing
  18. BassIsFun17


    Jan 16, 2006
    My Spector USA NS-JH6 has a 16.5mm spacing i believe. It isnt to tight or too wide. i really think its just right. atleast for me. im pretty small (5'5"), so my hands work well with this bass.
  19. Hoover

    Hoover Banned

    Nov 2, 2007
    New York City
    My 1988 Modulus Graphite Quantum-6 SPX has something like ~12mm spacing. Stupid tight. They're probably not very common, but if you do find one for sale it should go for less than $2,500 easily.
  20. VS


    Jun 6, 2002
    Mountain City, Tennessee
    Discounted Gear: Peavey
    A nice Peavey Cirrus 6 can be found for $800-$1,000 used. -Luke

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