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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!
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