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Your Preferred 6 String Bass Neck For Fingerstyle?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Matthew_84, Apr 10, 2014.

  1. String Spacing: Less than 16 mm

    13 vote(s)
  2. String Spacing: 16 mm

    16 vote(s)
  3. String Spacing: 16.5 mm

    24 vote(s)
  4. String Spacing: 17 mm

    20 vote(s)
  5. String Spacing: 17.5 mm

    23 vote(s)
  6. String Spacing: 18 mm

    32 vote(s)
  7. String Spacing: 18.5 mm

    19 vote(s)
  8. String Spacing: 19 mm

    51 vote(s)
  9. String Spacing: Greater than 19 mm

    9 vote(s)
  10. Board Radius: Round (12" or Less)

    18 vote(s)
  11. Board Radius: Slightly Round (12" to 21")

    38 vote(s)
  12. Board Radius: Slightly Flat (21" to 30")

    47 vote(s)
  13. Board Radius: Flat (30" or More)

    20 vote(s)
  14. Neck Thickness: Thick

    16 vote(s)
  15. Neck Thickness: Thin

    58 vote(s)
  16. Neck Thickness: In between

    42 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Matthew_84


    Nov 7, 2010
    I think everyone wants their 6 string bass neck to be fast yet comfortable. They don't want their hand to cramp, or hurt, but they want to be able to play as fluidly as possible, and there seems to be a pretty fine line in between.

    Everyone is different, but I'd like to know what is approximately the norm.

    Please fill out the poll/survey above. You can select multiple answers, and preferably, you would select your favourite string spacing (at the bridge), fingerboard radius, and neck thickness (from back to the fretboard - as width would be determined by string spacing and radius).

    Please feel free to also provide any comments you have, and why you prefer what you prefer (ie 16mm spacing makes your hand cramp, but 19mm was too thick and slow).

    Thanks in advance,

  2. RedLeg

    RedLeg Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2009
    Kaiserslautern, Germany
    Nov Shmoz Ka Pop?
    I have a 6 on order from Chris Stambaugh. I too want fingerstyle/chord work and comfort while standing or sitting. I went with
    The ergonomics of the carvin xb76 (16.5 x 35 inch x 22 fret crammed into a 34 scale package)
    The neck of an MTD (asymmetrical, zero fret, in between ibanez and warwick in thickness)
    The fretboard of a Steve Bailey fender (9" - 14" compound)
    Finger ramp in 16" radius

    Those three instruments always stuck out to me as having awesome qualities. I chose accordingly.
  3. Matthew_84


    Nov 7, 2010
    Interesting to see a current three-way tie in string spacing between 16.5, 18, and 19mm - 35 voters so far.
  4. Hobobob

    Hobobob Don't feed the troll, folks.

    Jan 25, 2011
    Camarillo, CA
    17.5mm spacing at bridge (adjustable between 17 and 18 would be best), 14-16 inch radius, and not quite thin but definitely not thick neck. My Ibanez SR 6 string is just a little bit too small in pretty much every category, so my next instrument will have slightly larger dimensions.
  5. Matthew_84


    Nov 7, 2010
    You may want to look at a Ibanez BTB, but it is 35" scale with a flatter neck
  6. jay tay

    jay tay

    Aug 12, 2009
    Manchester UK
    My fretted six is 17.5 and fretless is 18, both are comfortable, and I like my boards flat, and necks thin... funny thing is I like thick necks and round boards on four strings?!
  7. Hobobob

    Hobobob Don't feed the troll, folks.

    Jan 25, 2011
    Camarillo, CA
    I have, just can't get over the look. I'd also prefer to stick with 34" scale.
  8. Matthew_84


    Nov 7, 2010
    That's funny. The SR's and BTB's have a pretty clear divide between them. I like how BTB's look... Can't get over the look of SR's, Lol.
  9. Matthew_84


    Nov 7, 2010
    I'm really surprised that 19mm string spacing is in the lead... I've never played a 19mm 6 string, but wouldn't that neck be massive? I couldn't imagine fretting the lowest string (low B) with my pinky.
  10. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    If we're talkin' just 6 string fingerstyle, either playin' along or soloin' - neither slappin' nor pickin' - I'm for: less than 16mm string spacin', less than 12° radius and a definitely neutral neck profile

  11. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    I really think this to sound pretty normal

  12. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    I agree: try to figure Warwick's broadnecks out!

  13. Matthew_84


    Nov 7, 2010
    LOL, the Broadneck's look massive!

    I'm starting to wonder how many voters voted for their preferred neck specs in general not reading the poll title and seeing that this is for 6 string basses... I definitely see wwhy people would voote for 19mm, but I have a hard time believing that that is the most preferred.
  14. Mktrat

    Mktrat Seriously, are we not doing phrasing anymore? Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2013
    The Mitten
    I have a fretless 6 with 20mm spacing and a dead flat board, and one with 16mm spacing and a 14in radius. I love them both.
    Go figure
  15. Randyt

    Randyt RAAPT Custom Wood Productions

    Jul 21, 2010
    Barrie, Canada
    all my FBASS's are:
    17-22" radius
    mod-thin neck...nothing extreme
  16. steve_rolfeca

    steve_rolfeca Supporting Member

    I prefer smaller-radius fingerboards (compound radius starting from about 9 or 10" are tops), but it's less important to me than other factors.

    I'm as concerned about neck width at the nut, as I am about the bridge. If it's too narrow, it feels constricted and restricts my vibrato.

    Thin necks feel horrible to me, especially if they are D shaped, with a sharp shoulder. I'm not prone to RSI's, but if I was, a thin/flat neck carve would be the trigger.

    17-18mm is my favoured width at the bridge, simply because that's what I've been using for more than 20 years.
  17. All of the 6's have owned had 19 or 20mm spacing, and pretty flat boards.
  18. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
  19. Hobobob

    Hobobob Don't feed the troll, folks.

    Jan 25, 2011
    Camarillo, CA
    Every time you get a six string, you turn around and sell it! Whaddya doin' postin' in here? :)
  20. joe vegas

    joe vegas Supporting Member

    fast, comfortable, room for your hand to breathe.
    you owe it to your hand and your styles to see how it feels.
    the tide seems to be turning as players see the advantages of some extra room to maneuver,
    and the poll seems to be showing that.