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what are some 5-string basses that have wide string spacing?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by rx jr., Jul 7, 2004.

  1. rx jr.

    rx jr.

    May 10, 2004
    I'm looking for ones that have the same string spacings as most 4-stringers, but with an extra 5th string...... so it's like a 4-string bass but with a 5th string of the same wide string spacing. I know BTB's got wide string spacing but i don't like all Ibanezes.


    EDIT: $500-800 budget.
  2. Ari


    Dec 6, 2001
    Warwick Streamer Stage 1 or any Warwick with the "broad neck" option.
  3. lamarjones

    lamarjones Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    R basses
    Those Cort JP Elricks
    also Elricks
    F basses
    Pedullas (the thunderbolts have slimmer spacing, the MVPs and Thunderbass have the wider spacing)
    Modulus Genesis (not the quantums)

    Just a couple I have played, there are some more, and more importantly, some builders offer the option. For lower priced axes, MTDs, Lakland Skylines, and the Cort JPs are your best bet IMO. There are probably some more......
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  4. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    Most of the Fender fivers: I know for sure that the Roscoe Beck 5 and Precision 5 are wide. I believe the Marcus Miller 5 is as well.
  5. Blueszilla

    Blueszilla Bassist ordinaire

    Apr 2, 2003
    The Duke City
    Try the Fender Roscoe Beck 5. I'm not sure if its true but I read (here maybe?) that "the neck is the same width as a 6, giving you the spacing of a 4 on a 5 string." I have one and the string spacing is like a 4. Makes thumbing/popping easier.... YMMV.

    For a stock Fender bass, this one sounds great, is well made with superior electronics and hardware and excellent fit/finish.
  6. tuBass


    Dec 14, 2002
    Mesquite, Texas
    yamaha, MTD, Lakland. Those are the three that come to find. There are others.
  7. lamarjones

    lamarjones Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    Those are freakin awesome basses.
  8. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    The Fender Roscoe Beck 5 (perhaps my favorite) has the common "wide" spacing: total nut width of 1-7/8", with 3/4" (19mm) string spacing at the bridge.

    Modulus offers a "wide" option on it's Quantum 5 bass: it's a Quantum 6 bass but with only 5 strings. Nut width is 2", and string spacing at the bridge is over 22mm. I've never played one, but it's probably a bit much for me.
  9. rx jr.

    rx jr.

    May 10, 2004
    OOPS, I forgot to mention that my budget is $800. or make that $500. It'll be my first bass. I've played basses many times before though. I'm a guitar player. :D
  10. Look at the MTD Kingston series. Classic looks, great feel, wide string spacing, and can be had for about $600 and less.
  11. tuBass


    Dec 14, 2002
    Mesquite, Texas
    I second the kingston suggestion.
  12. lamarjones

    lamarjones Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    I had an Heir with a US Bart preamp put in, there was no need for anything else at that point. That was an awesome bass for under 500 at the time!
  13. danshee

    danshee Banned

    May 28, 2004
    Chicago, Illinois
    I think he just said enough to end the thread man. :bassist:
  14. Corwin81


    Mar 18, 2003
    Ames, IA
    Schecter Model T-5(at least the J/J version, not sure about the P/J) has a fairly wide spacing. It's as wide as the Fenders(same size pickups, probably same bridge).
  15. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Bass Central has a Lakland 55-01 for about $499. That's perfect for what you're looking for and it's well within your budget.

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Staff Member Supporting Member

    Sadowsky 5 strings have a good string spacing.
  17. IvanMike

    IvanMike Player Characters fear me... Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
    too bad about the budget
    lamar is right on the money
    also, alembics have necks like ironing boards - way too wide for me, but some cats dig 'em
  18. mgood


    Sep 29, 2001
    Levelland, Texas
    Carvin's BB75 comes with their wide neck. The same neck is optional on the LB75 and XB75. It is 3/4" from string-center to string-center at the bridge saddles (though I've been told by another customer who actually measured it that it's slightly wider than that even). The string spacing at the nut is narrow though, giving it a taper to the neck. I love that setup. Up where the frets are far apart, the strings are pretty close together. As you move toward the bridge, where the strings start spreading out, the frets are closer together. So the reaches are not difficult for me. I have average or smaller hands, so that's an issue for me. But down where I pluck the strings, there's plenty of room for me to get my fingers between them.

    [Whoops, a little over budget. The LB75 is $829 plus a little extra for the wide neck option. Add case and shipping and you're looking at well over $900.]