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Our 5 String bass bodies were originally designed with a 17.5mm bridge string spacing in mind. Wider string spacing options are available, but there are risks involved as the wider spacing can impact playability.
Two basses are shown below. The first one has a 17.5mm string spacing bridge, 6150 frets and 1-3/4" nut width. This is a good example of narrower spacing. The second bass has a 19mm string spacing bridge, 6100 frets and 1-7/8" nut width. This is a good example of much wider string spacing.
Matching the string spacing to your pickups is something else to keep in mind. The Deluxe 5 J Bass® is loaded with Seymour Duncan SJ5 SJ53 Jazz pickups. The SJ53 polepieces match the 19mm spacing pretty well. The MM5 on the G5 fits the 17.5mm spacing on the G5 nicely.
The narrow polepiece spacing on the MM5 will not match wider string spacings well. Likewise, the SJ53 pickups will not match the narrower string spacing well. Which pickups do you plan on using? Keep this in mind when matching pickups to your build.
This body features a Takeuchi 5 String Bass bridge with 17.5mm string spacing, 6150 frets, 1-3/4" nut width and Seymour Duncan MM5 pickup
This body features a 2-Tek 5 String Bass bridge with 19.0mm string spacing, 6100 frets, 1-7/8" nut width and Seymour Duncan SJ53 pickups
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