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Why is it so hard to find standard spaced 5s?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Beav, Dec 11, 2004.

  1. Beav

    Beav Graphics Whore

    Jul 17, 2003
    Middle Tennessee
    Designer: Beav's Graphics
    I've been in the market for the last couple of years trying to find a 5 string that has standard 4 string spacing, and it's redicious how few there are out there under $1000. You woudl think it would be at least 1/2 and 1/2 between tight spaced and regular spaced 5 strings, but noooooo. It's like 80% and 20%.

    here's a list of wide spaced 5vers that I know of--

    Ibanez BTBs
    MTD Kingstons
    Lakland 55-01(2)

    Anything else worth trying out under a grand?
  2. nonsqtr

    nonsqtr The emperor has no clothes!

    Aug 29, 2003
    Burbank CA USA
    How about a Stingray?
  3. Aren't stingray's 17mm? not 19mm?

    Yamaha (just about any of them)
    Fender RB5 but not jazz V
  4. vene-nemesis

    vene-nemesis Banned

    Jul 17, 2003
    Bilbao España
    the only fenders with 19-20mm are MMV, RB5, and the american deluxe series V basses
  5. Niskamies


    Jan 13, 2004
    Warwicks are also available in wider string spacing.
  6. Charr


    May 14, 2004
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    Go for Yamaha or the BTB Ibanez - they have a really nice 19 mm string spacing :p

    Warwick also have a wide neck option i think!
  7. keb


    Mar 30, 2004
    Carvin LB75 with the wide neck option.
  8. Pedulla 5's are available in 3/4" (19mm) bridge spacing. There are specs and some nice photos and on their website covering the MVP/Buzz, ThunderBolt, ThunderBass, and Rapture 5's.

    I've seen used ThunderBolts and Raptures go for under a grand.
  9. Yamaha TRBs have pretty generous string spacing.
  10. Corwin81


    Mar 18, 2003
    Ames, IA
    Schecter Model T-5 with the dual Jazz pickups has the Fender spacing. Sucked because I only had 2-3 options for pickup replacement of the Duncan Design. Went for Fender Noiseless pups hardwired series to the jack.
  11. Hi,

    Add the Squier 5-string P bass Special to your list. I love mine - a Sunburst with tortie scratchplate version - will mod it in the near future with a new fretless maple fingerboard neck - 35" scale - possibly with through body stringing - oh and Dimarzio Ultrajazz p/ups.

    Will post photos some time early next year when it all comes together.

  12. Beav

    Beav Graphics Whore

    Jul 17, 2003
    Middle Tennessee
    Designer: Beav's Graphics
    I'd give my left nut for either of those :(
  13. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    My only gripe, about the Stingray 5.
    It's 17mm. just to tight for my hand.
  14. bazzanderson


    Oct 7, 2002
    Austin, TX
    actually the Schecter Model T5 (Really Great bass btw) is only 17mm...same as a Stingray5.
  15. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    Ditto. I asked Ernie Ball to make a wide spaced fiver and they basically said "thanks for the suggestion, we'll file that for future reference".
  16. d_money


    Jun 13, 2004
    Also try the ken smith design basses. They have 19mm string spacing.
  17. Corwin81


    Mar 18, 2003
    Ames, IA
    Hmmm, guess I didn't measure mine, but the polepieces lined up perfectly with pickups intended for the MIA Fenders.
  18. Funky Doctor

    Funky Doctor

    Aug 28, 2003
    Yamaha. Old TRB's have the same spacing at the bridge with 4, 5 or 6 strings. Not sure about new ones.
  19. G&L L2500's have pretty good spacing. not sure if it is a full 19mm, but it's wider then a stingray and I've always found them very comfortable to play.

    you can pick up a used USA made one for under a grand or a new Tribute.
  20. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    Second the motion on the Carvin. I actually prefer a five-string with narrower string spacing, but Carvin offers the asymmetrical wider neck as well - along with a bunch of other nice custom options on woods, electronics, finishes, etc., for a deal that can be hard to beat...