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wide spaced 6 stringers?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tdogg, Jan 17, 2001.

  1. tdogg


    Jan 17, 2001
    Brooklyn Park, MN
    i'm currently in the market for a new bass, hopefully a 6 string. also,(dont be jealous)i have been blessed with sasquatch hands wich means i have no use for ridiculously close string spacing, like the kind i have been finding on most 6 strings. i love to slap, but i want 6 strings....if any one knows of any 6stringers with a slightly wider neck please share! thanx!
  2. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Welcome to TalkBass tdogg :D

    There are some 6-strings here (kinda' boutique-y $$$)http://www.bassalone.com/6string.html
    Wish I snagged that Armen fretless 6 (da*n long neck with body attached :p )

  3. Look for a used Yamaha TRB6P, the older models had the same wide spacing as 4 string Fenders, 19mm or 3/4".
  4. Gard


    Mar 31, 2000
    WInter Garden, FL
    Check out the Yamaha TRB-6's, particularly the TRB-6P's. Very nice basses, and HUGE necks. If I remember correctly, they're all 3/4" spacing at the bridge (standard Fender spacing). They feel like a great big P bass to me. Also check out Conklin, they may make a relatively wide 6 (you out there JT? :) ).

    What's your budget? There are several very good custom makers that could build you a bass to order. That way you get the spacing you desire for sure. I went that route (I've got smaller hands, but I prefer a 3/4" bridge spacing myself), and got a GREAT deal on a wonderful bass.
  5. Oh notduane, you made my day! The Armen, and the Roscoe, and the F bass and........
  6. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Gard, you'd have to go custom to get a Conklin 6. The GT's go from 5 to a 7 and the 7 is pretty narrow. IMO the GT7 would make a nice 6:D

    Ken Smith makes wide sixes. Along with the TRB6 Yamahas they're probably the most common wide sixes.

    My Surine 7 is 3/4" and it's way too easy for me to play;)
  7. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    BTW for anyone looking for the other extreme, Fernandes makes a 6 with Strat spacing at the nut;)
  8. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    Mike Kinal (www.kinal.com) has 19 mm string spacing as a free option on his 6-string basses.
    Warwick (www.warwickbass.com) has 'broadneck' versions of some (all?) of their 6-strings, with 20 mm string spacing.
  9. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I would go with the Yamaha TRB6P option unless you have a bigger budget and can afford the Ken Smith. Used TRB6Ps are very reasonable and great value. I have yet to see a broad-spacing Warwick in the UK, despite asking every shop several times. They all say - well we can order them, but we won't be stocking any! :Mad:
  10. neptoon

    neptoon Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2000
    Melbourne, FL
    the only warwicks that come with a wideneck are the thumb 6 bolt on and the streamer bolt on...the LX model i think. and it's not a free option either; it's like, 250 bucks, if i remember correctly. greg curbow's basses all have the same spacing, so you might wanna check those out. and if you get one made by ken bebensee, you get to have any spacing you want :eek:
  11. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Carvin's BB76 is spaced 19mm at the bridge, Pedulla offers 19mm spacing on all of their 6 string basses as an option, and then there is the Atelier Z basses - spaced like a Jazz, kinda narrow at the nut, 3/4" at the bridge, on 4, 5 and 6 string models.

    Come on Brad, gimme GAS. Post that pic of the Atelier Z 6 string again! :)
  12. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    ...and that's just the 6's dude! :D AAGH :eek: ! Where's the Bean-o ?!? :p ...

  13. mr t

    mr t

    Aug 24, 2000
    manhattan, ks
    i have to put my $.02 for curbow (not the cort crap, either). the "real" curbows have 20mm string spacing, but are suprisingly easy to play. i have smallish hands and love the feel of my curbow petite 5 (also with 20mm spacing), but feel the 6 would be too wide for me--but perhaps just right for you. they have amazing clarity and balance across all strings and anywhere on the neck. they are a bit expensive, too, but they are amazing instruments.
  14. nanook


    Feb 9, 2000
    I just got a Yamaha TRB-6P. The neck looks like the deck of an aircraft carrier. It's very wide, maybe the widest, but strangely comfortable to my medium/smallish hands.

    Not to mention the kick ass sound!
  15. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    The Atelier Z 6 string Jazz Jimmy had has been sold. That was a sweet bass. I didn't play it the last time through... I remembered how hard it was to put down;)

  16. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Did someone say aircraft carrier?:D


    Probably doesn't look too wide but... it has 3/4" spacing.
  17. nanook


    Feb 9, 2000
    I think it is about the same as the thing above if you wack off the extra 2 strings. This is the 5 string version but the spacing is the same on the TRB6P which has even a wider neck.

    Found this one at Bass Northwest for $1,499 and it looks like a beauty. You can get the 5 or 6 string version for under a grand if you look around but don't even hope for one in this condition for that price.

    <img src="http://server3002.freeyellow.com/cubdriver/YamahaTRB6P.jpg">

    <img src="http://server3002.freeyellow.com/cubdriver/YamahaTRB6Pback.jpg">

    [Edited by nanook on 01-18-2001 at 06:14 PM]
  18. nanook


    Feb 9, 2000
    Here is the TRB6P

    <img src="http://server3002.freeyellow.com/cubdriver/Yamaha6.jpg">
  19. nanook


    Feb 9, 2000
    I measured the neck on my TRB6P last night. It is 2 1/4" at the nut and 4" at the last fret and the strings have 3/4" spacing between the pickups.
  20. The TRB6-II also has the full 19mm string spacing, but the neck is good and thin so it's not too hard on the hands. I might just pick one up.

    Does the Carvin LB76 have the wide bridge string spacing? I don't like the BB body style and the fact that it can't have the rounded body sides option.