Gecko 6 bridge options

LeeSkelly

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I've been recruited to the bottom end of the audible sound spectrum for a bit. Figure I should get myself a decent bass while I'm at it. So.. Thinking Gecko 6 with basslines active soapbars and preamp unit for flexibility. Hipshot tuners. Non-exotic  :sad: woods this time around for cost reasons. The real question is how to anchor those strings. I read elsewhere no single string bridges on 6's which bummed me out. I love Hipshot's quality and am leaning towards the A style more out of necessity than anything else. I've never been tremendously impressed with kahlers on the skinny string side, so i don't think I'll go that route. Any other compatible bridges out there that anyone can recommend?
 

bpmorton777

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Before you go and start building a 6 string bass I would check a few out at a music store. You may find them not to your liking. string spacing and fingerboard is usualy much wider for fingepicking and they have a longer scale length than even the delux 5 i believe.

Brian
 

LeeSkelly

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thanks for the advice. I've actually played around with fives quite a bit. I can handle up to a 36" scale fairly well, its more a matter of balance and weight. I can tolerate an all wenge 5 so i think i'll manage a 6 ok.
The real concern though is the string spacing, and that varies so much from bridge to bridge and how adjustable they are is another factor.
 

Wyliee

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You could look at the Hipshot A (16.5mm string spacing.)  That seems to be a common choice for the Gecko 6.  Be aware there can be a slight overhang of the bridge by the low B and the bevel on the body.
 

stubhead

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Hipshot five and six string type "A" bridges come in four different string spacings - .669", .687", .708" and .750". A full line dealer can order any size. It's not Warmoth's job to stock everything - they're busy and their money's in wood - but root around and they'll turn up.

http://www.bestbassgear.com/hipshot-a-style-bass-bridges.htm

(looks like these guys only have the .687 in gold right now, but they're out there)
 
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