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

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Posted by bassmangreg on February 06, 2002 at 15:47:20:

In Reply to: Re: 4 string P-bass to 5 string conversion? posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on August 21, 2001 at 01:57:39:

: : 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.

: B,
: 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!

: -Bob

I agree. I would not change or make that drastic switch before consulting a
physician and having your head examined. Buying a five string will give you
many more satisfying results. Trust me, I once thought of lots of dumb things
to multilate my basses.

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