Double neck bass / guitar options
I'm not much of a guitar player (way rusty), but we lost a guitarist to retirement and I may be covering a bit of rhythm in addition to bass during the same set, if not the same song. I'm considering the option of a double-neck, though I'm not entirely convinced that's a good way to go.
So...has anybody tried them before? They don't seem terribly popular, and I'm sure there are many good reasons for that. :)
The big problem is that there are no cheap options to try it out on other than brands I've never heard of, and I'd like a reasonably priced guitar since I have no clue how well this experiment will turn out. And flipping it if I decide it's not for me will suck, because 1) they're not in high demand, and 2) it'll cost a crapton to ship.
So "cheap" (relative, of course, but let's say < $1k) options...there are several on eBay, but they're all either brands I've never heard of Starfire or Galveston, for example. Or no brand listed, though I can see something on the headstock...
There are also kits...but I have a feeling I'd end up wanting to swap out all of the electronics they include, which is going to bump the price up considerably.
I had another idea that I think would be fun, and result in a really cool instrument, but I'm not sure it's feasible - taking a pair of matching, relatively cheap instruments, chopping them up, doing some routing, re-arranging the electronics, and merging them. I was thinking the Epiphone Pelham Blue SG & EB would look insanely cool merged together. Gibson used to make an SG double-neck like that. However, I'm worried about things like body thickness not matching, or the finish chipping around the cuts, etc.
I'm good with rearranging the electronics, but I'd be in need of help on the body work. My family is extremely handy...building furniture for example, but NO guitar work, and I know guitars are very different. So I thought about taking it to a luthier for the combination. But then once again we're adding to the cost significantly. I assume several hundred dollars at a minimum, though I've never had any work like that done. (Chicago area, btw, if anybody has any recommendations for a luthier in the area to call for estimates.)
I have also considered going with one or the other and using an octave pedal (which I already incorporate on a regular basis), but while I like that sound, it doesn't really give you the same sounds.
Another thought was an 8-string bass, which might be closer to the same sounds, and would definitely be cheaper. What I'm really looking for, though, is the ability to keep the bass going for the most part, and then drop it and switch to a rhythm strum on the chords when appropriate. My understanding is that 8-string basses aren't really well-suited to that...never tried one, could be wrong.
So...any thoughts on these options? Anybody here tried any of them? Sorry for the huge wall of text and 500 questions...
My band had the dilemma of having no rhythm guitarist, so I took matters into my own hands. I learned chord work, got a 6 string and began to play rhythm on that. However I became a rhythm guitar player and no longer a bass player! To fix that I strummed chords with my fingers and played the bass notes with my thumb. In my band I now play bass and rhythm guitar at the same time with my 6 string bass. The low Bb, E, and A are dedicated to bass notes while the rest are doing chords.
You need a solid body theorbo—but they don't exist—yet!
I've got my eye on one of these. Sounds like it might work.
Squier Bass VI or pay more for the Fender PS version if you like....
Aren't these just baritone guitars?
You could always get one of the stand-up guitar holders.
A friend of mine runs a MIDI pickup on his bass and has it setup so that he can double his bass lines with guitar chords when the singer / guitarist is playing lead stuff.
Seems to work pretty well, and means he's still only got a fairly minimal rig to carry round - the midi synth & effects stuff are all integrated into one pedalboard unit
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