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Re: 4 string P-bass to 5 string conversion?

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Posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on August 21, 2001 at 01:57:39:

In Reply to: 4 string P-bass to 5 string conversion? posted by B on August 20, 2001 at 13:59:20:

: Has anyone out there tried converting a 4 string P-bass neck to a five? I seem to remember reading an article about this. I think it was in Bass Player magazine several years ago. Any info about this idea or the article in BP would be appreciated.

Converting a 4-string *neck* to a 5? It *could* be done, but the string spacing would be so close together that it would be damn near unplayable, to be honest.

Unless, of course, you *like* extremely narrow spacing...

You'd have to drill another hole and add another tuning key, first and foremost.

After that, you'd have to change the nut and start from scratch with a new one, and file it with 5 slots.

Once you put it on the bass, you'd have to adjust the pickups, etc., to accommodate the new string spacing, *plus* you'll have to tighten up the truss rod somewhat to compensate for the extra tension.

The bass would need a 5-string bridge and 5-string pickups, which may or may not be easily added.

The bottom line is that it would be cheaper and more effective to just get a 5-string neck to begin with, to be very honest.

Hope that helps!


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