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    Overlord of Music pablopepper's Avatar
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    Not really. Don't know why, but most 5 strings look out of proportion to me.
    'As long as there's, you know, sex and drugs, I can do without the rock and roll.'

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    Hey guys, I'm keeping an eye on this, there is definitely room for a more traditional 5 string. If you can come to some consensus I am sure they can do any one of the models you have mentioned (no I can't order all of them, we just don't have the room... or the capital). Might as well make it special... what wood? fretboard? Any veneer or other bling?
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    Make that P ash with a maple board.......

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    Fenders are everywhere. Go Stingray.

    Single humbucker. If someone wants 2 humbuckers they can route the extra cavity. Not possible to go the other way.

    Woods? I'm easy.

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    My reasoning for the Jazz Bass 5 string (other than the obvious personal taste part) is because you simply can't get them ANYWHERE unless it's Fender.....and for $2500
    From a business and marketing perspective, the high level of interest and lack of market alternatives (that are not boutique luthiers selling for similar or greater prices than Fender), is screaming for attention.

    There's heaps of 4 string every style, and lots of the more modern (IB etc) 5 and even 6 string styles about, why not the old sexy Jazz with a low B.

    Make them Ash, with Maple and rosewood board options and there's no going back!

    For supporting evidence of possible market potential, I present the following:

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    Hi Sundragon, you could start a forum poll to see who is interested in a 5 string Jazz bass. If you get 5 or more people keen then Ads may be able to place an order.
    Otherwise send Ads and email for a cost of a custom 5 string JB.
    Looking at your graph Ibanez are the most popular shape.
    Really all you need is a JB-4 body with wider pups/cavities, wider neck, 5 string bridge and an extra tuner and B string.
    Are the big F ones a 4 + 1 tuner configuration ?
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    Yeah Wokka, "Really all you need is a JB-4 body with wider pups/cavities, wider neck, 5 string bridge and an extra tuner and B string." is pretty much it.

    And yes, 4+1 is the way.

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    I'm not desperately after one myself, so maybe don't misunderstand my ernest for hassling. I really do think that it's just a big gap in the market that PBG may really benefit from filling.

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    Hey Guy's,

    I'm building a JB5M at the moment. I'll let you know how it goes.I'll post some pics soon.

    Steve

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    Hi SteveO welcome to the forum, look forward to your build. Start a build diary and let us know your plans for the build.
    Best of luck !
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    JBA-4 - assembled - final tweaks
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    MK-2 Mosrite - assembled - play in
    Ash tele with Baritone neck - neck pup wiring tweaks and play in

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    5 String Jazz Bass preferably body in ash,alder, maple neck, ebony fretboard or maple.

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