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I want an 8 string bass
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Author I want an 8 string bass
ws9848
I have read stuff on other forums but I have been looking into getting an 8 string bass. The Rickenbacker one looks very nice but they are rare and expensive. Hagstrom is cheaper but I’m guessing the vintage ones might not be that great. They are just expensive because they are old. Not because they are good. Does anyone have one? Do you like it? Does the guitar player get mad?
dkcg
What about a Baritone guitar or a Bass-VI instead?

I'm not sure if you want essential a four string doubled up like a 12 string guitar, or more like a chapman stick deal with no doubling.
commodorejohn
I think the conventional understanding of "8-string bass" is four courses of two, as on a 12-string guitar. Baritones and Bass VI are interesting in their own right, but they're not going to sound or play anything like that.
sduck
Looking around on reverb, I see a ton of hagstroms that are too expensive (and ugly IMHO). There's a pretty nice looking ESP that's priced right - https://reverb.com/item/26516353-esp-ltd-b-208-fm-8-string-bass-guitar -in-see-thru-black . Some Kramer ones that are pretty fantastic, but also kind of pricey (I'd grab this one in a second - https://reverb.com/item/20387383-1980-kramer-xl-8-bass-guitar-aluminum -neck-custom-dragon-design-vintage-8-string-made-in-usa - and repaint it). A bunch of Schecter possibilities. Also, this Wolf Guitar 8 string might be a good idea - https://reverb.com/item/25689214-wolf-8-string-bass-guitar-natural-2-w -gig-bag - you may have seen my thread about the guitar I got from them.
commodorejohn
Ohhh that Wolf beast is making me have to close my eyes and think of impending car-repair bills...
Rex Coil 7
Dean made 8 string basses for years.

Revok
A friend has an aluminum neck Kramer that I've spent a lot of time with and it's pretty awesome. It definitely has a different sound but it pairs nicely with guitar.
ws9848
commodorejohn wrote:
I think the conventional understanding of "8-string bass" is four courses of two, as on a 12-string guitar. Baritones and Bass VI are interesting in their own right, but they're not going to sound or play anything like that.


Yes that’s my understanding. I want the octave string but, I need to find a place that has one so I can play with it for a while. It just seems interesting to me.
commodorejohn
It'd definitely be interesting to try, but I'm not sure if I'd take to it or not. That was where I found myself with the Bass VI, and that's been sitting almost untouched on my couch for months now...
Jim the Oldbie
Yeahbut...why stop at 8?? SlayerBadger!



(Sorry, I know this isn't helping. I just love this band so damn much)
ws9848
Heh...12 string bass. Same idea but its got 4 more strings!
sduck
ws9848 wrote:
I need to find a place that has one so I can play with it for a while. It just seems interesting to me.


Oh, you'll want one once you've tried one. They're awesome. Of course, depending on what you want to play - they don't work for jazz or trad pop, but for anything rocking they're fantastic.

The one thing to watch out for is the neck - all those big strings put a lot of tension on it, and it's not uncommon to find them with overly non-straight necks. You want to make sure it's got a working truss rod if you can, and hopefully the previous owner has done routine neck maintainance - unlike guitars and regular basses you should really adjust the neck straightness on these regularly, especially the first years while the wood is setting.
Rex Coil 7
ws9848 wrote:
Heh...12 string bass. Same idea but its got 4 more strings!
Cheap Trick. Every song, every album. (almost).
Just me
I played a 12 string (same as Cheap Trick) for a little while. Easier to play than you would expect. Very unique tone. Very heavy. Now, very expensive. If you ever get the opportunity to play one, do it. But leave your credit cards home the day you do!
levelhead3
Dean makes/made two different versions, the Edge (shown above) and the Rhapsody, which used better woods and looked way cooler (imo). I always kinda wanted a Rhapsody 8. There's one on MusicGoRound for $399 at the moment.
hippo1
+1 on the Dean; I'm assuming it wouldn't be yer primary bass, just an 'effect' one. I got one once I saw that the intro to 'Jeremy' was on one... but I'm not really a 'picking' guy... and that was that. The Dean'll get you into one cheap... But I always had neck issues with them. Deans, not just the 8; I live in New England, and even with a humi/dehumi, the seasons are harsh.
johnstilton
I had an eight string bass assembled and setup for me by a local guitar technician. It was not really difficult or expensive although, yeah, getting a Dean or a Schecter might have been less expensive.

The specific parts were a Warmoth 8 string bass neck:

https://www.warmoth.com/bass/neck/8string.aspx

and a schaller 471 bridge (also sold by Warmoth)

https://www.warmoth.com/Schaller-471-8-String-Bass-Bridge-Chrome-P917. aspx

the body is a typical Mighty Mite P-bass body, and the other items are all standard parts.

I'll take a picture of it once I get home.

They are a lot of fun to play!
ws9848
Yeah thats nice! I’m trying to hold out for one of the rickenbacker ones. Having said that I have a problem...it seems like I have no issue with spending over $1000 on a buchla module but when I see a nice bass that theoretically would be nice, no matter what type of bass it is I always think to myself.. man thats kind of expensive. WTH? The one bass I do have actually has a few issues but I guess its a weird mental thing. meh
johnstilton
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johnstilton
Well if you are a Rick enthusiast I doubt that anything else would satisfy.

Personally, I think the tone of them are great but I hate the way they feel and handle. As you can see, I’m a P-Bass user and nothing else feels right in my hands.
levelhead3
If you're going to drop coin on an 8-string this is the best one I've ever played or heard, hands down.

http://www.zonguitars.com/zonguitars/sonus8.html
Illiac
levelhead3 wrote:
If you're going to drop coin on an 8-string this is the best one I've ever played or heard, hands down.

http://www.zonguitars.com/zonguitars/sonus8.html


Co-sign. Zons are like weaponized basses, in general, but that 8 string is something else entirely.
Deepwave33
As others have said, cheap trick’s music is full of 12 string. Tom actually invented it if I remember correctly.
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