High Eb or Low C# for 10 string bass?
I was wondering what peoples opinion would be on this topic. I only play a sixer right now, but id definitely like to have a bass with this many strings:bassist:
So, low C# tuning(C#-F#-B-E-A-D-G-C-F-Bb) starting at C#0
High Ab tuning (F#-B-E-A-D-G-C-F-Bb-Eb) starting at F#0
Both tunings are in standard fourths
What do you guys think would be the more useful tuning?
Do you think the choice should just be eliminated with an 11 string?:)
If you're looking for something like that, just go for an 11 string haha it eliminates the problem of having to choose then having buyer's remorse
Yeah that's what I was thinking, plus with an odd number of strings, scales are a lot easier, thanks for the input
The C# is not very audible. More effect than anything, for almost like a sub kick kinda slap sound. You would get the same thing from playing an F# the correct way, but in that range you can still make out notes. Just my $0.02.
Just out of curiosity, have you played in ranges this high or low before.
If not you should really give it a try, get all the strings and put half of them on your bass at a time just to see what you like using.
I personally do not care to use anything pass a high F-string, love to hear other people do it, just feels odd for me. I don't think I can go too low.
Still, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that a high Eb would be much more musically useful. At least to me.
That's what I was leaning towards as well, also, as far as applications for the low F#, you'd need it to accompany an eight string guitar, and when given the low C#, you then have notes an entire octave LOWER than standard 4 string basses, so u can play sub-bass parts to songs, which is cool
A practical question: do you have the hands to take full advantage of that many strings? Not saying this as a "hater", more as a "been there done that".
I had 7 string envy for a particular Benavente, and was lucky enough to be able to buy it; but I quickly found out my hands aren't big enough to play low notes comfortably on such a wide neck. A narrower spacing would have made it more practical for me.
Jean Baudin plays 11 string - with a two-handed tap technique. If that's what you're aiming for, great. If you plan to play it like a bass, you'd better have hands like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (showing my age here!).
I'd suggest you find someone with a bass like the one you would have built and give it a try before you spend money on a custom you won't be able to play.
Yeah for sure
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