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8-string (unpaired) Galveston bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Busker, Jul 26, 2008.


  1. Busker

    Busker

    Jan 22, 2007
    Saw a blues band last night. I'm friends with the singer. Anyway, the bassist was using a Galveston 8-string bass, tuned F#-B-E-A-D-G-C-F. He played it well, and even doubled on keyboards. He claimed that bass had the range of a grand piano. If true, that's impressive enough.

    My friend the singer asked me to sit in, using the 8-string. I declined. The string spacing looked pretty tight. A train wreck waiting to happen if I tried to play it. Wishing it were 8 string in pairs, or just a plain old four.

    It was a nice bass, but if I go for an ERB in the future, it'll be a five. I just don't see the need for more than that.

    Edit: After doing the math, it had a range of 61 notes, being a 26 fret bass. Not quite grand piano range, but a lot of range nonetheless.
     
  2. DNote13

    DNote13

    Dec 4, 2012
    Yeah the Galveston is awesome. I got one, and it is my main bass now. I used it for the recording of my new EP and the low notes sounded great
     
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  4. bassbenj

    bassbenj

    Aug 11, 2009
    People talk about the low notes on an F# bass, but I tried a Galveston 8 at the local guitar shop. It was really a nice looking instrument, but I must say I was NOT impressed with the F# string. So I think I'll stick with my 7 strings. On all my ERBs from 5 to 7 I don't ever seem to go below low C anyway.
     
  5. DNote13

    DNote13

    Dec 4, 2012
    What amp were you playingn through? i think it all depends on the amp, as the F# is only about 20 Hz. Most amps can't produce clear notes on a string that low
     
  6. i have a 6str bass that i tune F#-G. after about Ab or G it gets hard to hear BUT when you have a good amp or PA support with subs those notes will make you boo boo in ya britches. i love bass!:bassist:
     



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