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Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by benlauziere, Jun 7, 2012.
Hi guys !
I'm looking for a bridge with a small string spacing for my Jazz bass. Any ideas ?
Is this a custom build or a regular jazz bass? If it's a regular jazz bass there are 2 things you should be aware of: first, if you change the string spacing the strings won't line up with the pole pieces on the pickups. Second, if you have a standard width neck narrowing the string spacing will leave a large distance between the outside strings and the ends of the fingerboard.
That said you can order hipshot bridges in 2 or 3 different string spacings. Also, Schaller makes a nice steel bridge with fully adjustable string spacing.
Yeah I didn't think of the pickups... I should be looking at this before changing the bridge.
I was ready to turn a 4 string fender into a 5 string. I got as far as installing Kent Armstrong Split Tube Jazz pickups because they have a bar magnet and will accommodate any string spacing. I'm extremely happy with the versatility of them. I've had several Armstrong p.ups and they've all been really good.
The only bridge I could find that would go narrow enough is the Kahler 4 string with an extra saddle. Because of the modular design you can add a 5th saddle and it still adjusts narrower than you need it to on a stock Precision neck. I think with the extra saddle it was around $80. I'm not sure I'll ever actually install it but I've lined everything up and it would definitely work. As a four string bridge it will easily go as narrow as is practical and then some.
as long as your not extending past the outside edge of the poles on the e and a from widening your spacing, lining up with the poles wont matter. theyll still be within the magnetic field.
I have the classic 3D roller on my '86 Thumb and in many ways I like it better than the Warwick 2-piece bridge on my '88 thumb (except when I have to change strings). Haven't tried the new one, but it looks like a better design (than the 3D)
Hipshot makes them in a variety of spacings, down to .656: