5 String bass with wide string spacing?

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5 String bass with wide string spacing?

Postby JustaGroove on 06 Jan 2014, 08:52

Happy new year to everyone :)

I've been thinking of getting a 5 string bass again lately, however, am after a wider string spacing. The last 5 string i had, had a spacing of 16mm, which was too narrow for me.

It would also help if the bass had a lightish weight body (corvette style perhaps), not fussed on active or passive options at the moment (though both would be good). Not really after a 5 string jazz or p bass at this stage.

Price range, well, you get what you pay for, but perhaps $1,000 - 2,000 range second hand. There was a green Brubaker bass here a while ago that just looked sexy (out of my price range at the time though). I wonder what the spacing on that was if anybody knows?

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Re: 5 String bass with wide string spacing?

Postby PilbaraBass on 06 Jan 2014, 09:35

How about one of these... good basses for the $$

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/MTD-Kingston ... 120wt_1125
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Re: 5 String bass with wide string spacing?

Postby PilbaraBass on 06 Jan 2014, 09:36

here's a brubaker brute... very sweet

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Brubaker-Bru ... 1145818644
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Re: 5 String bass with wide string spacing?

Postby petersemple on 06 Jan 2014, 10:10

My memory of playing a TRB is that the string spacing was wide
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Re: 5 String bass with wide string spacing?

Postby consecutive e on 06 Jan 2014, 14:06

You could try looking for a Warwick Broadneck if Warwicks are your cup of tea.
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Re: 5 String bass with wide string spacing?

Postby Dazza76 on 06 Jan 2014, 14:17

I'd recommend looking into a Lakland Skyline 55-02, 55-01 or Mtd Kingston Heir 5, KZ5. All have pretty nice build quality, meant to mimic their more expensive US made counterparts, hardware is decent too and shouldn't pose any issues. They also share the 'boutique' vibe and don't look like P/J bass clones(not like it's a bad thing). IMO, with exception of the 55-02, they fall short in the pickups/preamp area.... some do swap them out. All have 19mm spacing at the bridge and 2 pickup versatility.
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Re: 5 String bass with wide string spacing?

Postby PilbaraBass on 06 Jan 2014, 14:58

^Of all these, the 55-01 appeals to me the most personally... (aside from a Jazz that is :) )

Reason being price and a quick change out of the pickups with a pair of Nordstrand big splits and a glockenklang or Aggie preamp and that's MORE than enough electronics quality to turn this baby into a REALLY nice instrument.
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Re: 5 String bass with wide string spacing?

Postby bloodmason on 06 Jan 2014, 16:11

An Alembic Epic has quite wide string spacing. These can be had 2nd hand for around $2000.

On the cheaper side you could look at an Ibanez BTB. They are very nicely made and the "higher grade" models are extremely good quality. They are all 19mm spacing I believe.
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Re: 5 String bass with wide string spacing?

Postby PilbaraBass on 06 Jan 2014, 16:28

^you are correct... the BTB series is 19mm ... the other Ibanez basses are a bit narrower...

http://www.ibanez.co.jp/asia/news/f_pro ... index.html
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Re: 5 String bass with wide string spacing?

Postby DeadlyErnest on 06 Jan 2014, 20:46

The Lakland and BTB also long scale necks, 35". The Lakland is also surprisingly light.
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Re: 5 String bass with wide string spacing?

Postby MentalPatient on 06 Jan 2014, 22:21

There was a Sadowsky Metro 5'er for sale here on the board a long while ago with a rosewood board, wide spacing, yes.
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Re: 5 String bass with wide string spacing?

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