#1
I have a dodgy Lindo bass that I got back before I knew what to look for, and I've been wondering about trying to fix it up a bit as a practice before I build anything from scratch. At the very top the neck is about 4 cm wide, and about 5.5 cm at the bottom. With a new bridge and nut, and an extra tuner hole drilled, would it be theoretically possible to add a 5th string? I'm still deciding what to do with this particular bass, but for future build reference it would be good to know anyway.
#2
Turning a four-string neck into a five-string neck is almost always a bad idea. It isn't just the width - though yours sounds like it is not wide enough for the conversion. Another critical factor is the fretboard radius. A four-string radius will be all wrong for a five-string.
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#4
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Turning a four-string neck into a five-string neck is almost always a bad idea. It isn't just the width - though yours sounds like it is not wide enough for the conversion. Another critical factor is the fretboard radius. A four-string radius will be all wrong for a five-string.


I disagree. I never ran into any problems regarding fretboard radius with the conversion I did, the guy I sold it to didn't seem to have any issues with it either.

A 40mm nut will probably be too thin though I used a p bass neck with something like a 45mm nut and the string spacing was pretty tight. I wouldn't want to lose that extra space because the low B string is quite and take up a fair amount of nut real estate.

http://www.3dentourage.com/425/425.htm

This is the link that inspired and guided me through my conversion.
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#5
Thanks for the link, I'll take a look. I've Just seen a squire jazz body for sale with everything but a neck already attached. Since it needs a neck anyway if I bought that, maybe I could just replace the bridge and adjust the width of the neck space if needed. Do 5 strings have different electronics? Maybe it'd just be easier to adapt an old/cheap bass that already has 5 strings.
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#6
No, the wiring in a five string would be the same as a 4 string. Some people would mention the difference in pole piece spacing on the pickups making certain louder or quieter but I never had that problem. As long as the strings are in the magnetic field of the pickup you'll get sound.
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#8
Sorry to revive such an old thread. I thought it would be preferable to making a new one for the same basic question. Does anybody know if it's possible to get a 5 string neck of 63 mm at the pocket?
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