Question: QUESTION: Stingray Classic 5 bridge to pickup measurements

Question: QUESTION: Stingray Classic 5 bridge to pickup measurements

This GAS, it simply never ends. Having owned a number of Stingray 5s over the years (three fretted, two fretless), I’ve been listening to soundclips and watching YouTube clips to get a sense of how the Stingray Classic 5 differs. Played one last year and really liked it, and am trying to quantify the difference in tone and response. OK, so yes, passive alnico PU and two-band EQ vs. three-band for SR5s, as well as the progression from alnico-ceramic-alnico across various SR5 production eras. I get that, as well as the fact that every bass is different, maple vs. rosewood, ash vs poplar etc etc etc.

But here’s a question I haven’t seen addressed: how do the basses differ as to the pickup’s distance from the bridge? From pictures, it *looks* like the Classic 5’s bridge with mutes has less distance between bridge and pickup, and I’d like someone to weigh in who has the bass and a tape measure/ ruler handy.

To put my cards on the table, the Classic 5 *seems* to have more of that back pickup / low-mid punch than does the SR5, and that’s a key aspect of my personal recipe for tone. Think of it as analogous to the difference between 60s vs 70s Jazz Bass pickup spacing.

So I’m curious how the measurements from bridge to pickup may differ, and I’d like to hear from anyone who has a Classic 5.

My SR5 fretless is from 1995, and the measurements are as follows:

-Edge of bridge to bottom of polepiece: 2.25″
-Mid-saddle/break angle to bottom of polepiece: (a hair under) 3.25″

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