Tight Fivers (5 String Bass Spacing)

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  1. Low End Theorem

    Low End Theorem

    Nov 20, 2017
    Ive been searching for ways to achieve tight string spacing on a 5 string bass guitar.
    It seems converting a 4 string into a 5 string is too time consuming from what I've read. I've heard that 5 string Ricks have 14 or 15mm at the bridge, but I ain't got Rickenbacker money.
    Can anyone tell me other 5 strings basses that go that tight?
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  2. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Most Ibanez.
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  3. rojo412

    rojo412 Sit down, Danny...

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    Ibanez Roadstar RB885 from 1986. Super tight action, great sound, fantastic construction, reasonable prices.
    Peavey's too, from that era.
    In fact, consider the early production 5 strings from the 80s as a general category, as that was the norm back then.
  4. BassmanM


    Feb 17, 2011
    Hamburg, Germany
    Only the Gerald Veasley sig afaik and that's a 6-string. Soundgears are 16.5 mm and BTBs even more.
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  5. Low End Theorem

    Low End Theorem

    Nov 20, 2017
    That is a profound breadcrumb my friend. I'm already searching
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  6. FC Bass

    FC Bass Alembic and Mesa/Boogie junkie

    Jun 9, 2006
    Older Alembics (1976 'till early 90's, or newer ones with the "Classic fingerboard taper" )

  7. hypercarrots


    Jan 28, 2009
    aren't alembics more expensive than rickenbackers?
    early yamaha bb5000 had tight spacing but those are rare and getting expensive too.
  8. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    And adding to the list of older narrow-spaced 5-string basses that still cost more than a Ric: Modulus Graphite Quantum-5 (through-body, but before they started being called TBX) or Quantum-5 SP (before the introduction of the SPi or SPX).

    But an older Ibanez was definitely my first thought.
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  9. Low End Theorem

    Low End Theorem

    Nov 20, 2017
    As beautifully tight as that string spacing looks, Alembics are hella expensive lol
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  10. FC Bass

    FC Bass Alembic and Mesa/Boogie junkie

    Jun 9, 2006
    I almost got this one: 5 string '91 Spoiler 91S6512 for 1600 Euro, it sold for 1700 one day before my planned pickup... :-(
    So I guess that would be about the same as a Rickenbacker? ...indeed maybe a little high for the op :D

    But I've also seen them sell around $1000 (even way south of $1000) With some luck you can get a great deal on one of those :)
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  11. joeeg33

    joeeg33 Supporting Member

    Sep 11, 2002
    Central New Jersey
    I have 2 Yamaha RBX5’s, they measure 14mm at the Bridge. Absolutely love them. Funny thing, I use to play wide 5’s, high end stuff. I have to say, for me, the narrow spacing is so comfortable. And even though I don’t slap that much anymore, I have no problem at all with it. Look at my avatar.
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  12. Blues Bass 2

    Blues Bass 2 Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2001
    Davenport Iowa
    I'm not sure what spacing the Schecters have but they have a very narrow spacing at the bridge and are a very good quality 5 string . I had an Elite 5 with EMG hz pickups and thought is sounded great and I'm not an EMG fan .
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  13. tlc1976


    Aug 2, 2016
    My Ibanez is 16mm.

    IIRC there was a Modulus I think that was very narrow spacing.
  14. lowendrachel

    lowendrachel Supporting Member

    Sep 11, 2012
    GTA, Ontario
  15. rojo412

    rojo412 Sit down, Danny...

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
  16. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Ibanez SR5's. Stingray 5's.
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  17. wishforbass


    Jun 23, 2016
    Yamaha bb 415 . Has super tight string spacing.think neck and suepr fast with modern style neck .even smaller than Ibanez 5 string (remember this not true for 4 string )
  18. EdwardofHuncote

    EdwardofHuncote I Still Dream of Jeannie Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Tobias Toby Pro V & Gibson Thunder Series V both have 16mm spacing.

    Gibson Thunder Series V.jpeg


    Either one can be had for < $1000...
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  19. Steven Ayres

    Steven Ayres Supporting Member

    Mar 11, 2007
    Northern Arizona
    My '90 Guild Pilot Pro V is adjustable in the 14-17mm range. I keep it at about 15.
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  20. Herrick


    Jul 21, 2010
    Munchkin Land
    How about the 5-string version of the G&L P Bass? I don't know what the model is called and they're kind of rare but I remember looking into them a couple years ago and they had very tight string spacing.
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