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Any 8 string bangers besides Stew and John here?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Lo end PUNCH, Jun 28, 2008.


  1. Lo end PUNCH

    Lo end PUNCH

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    What made you decide to go there?
    Was it an easy transition?
    What brand/luthier did you choose?
    whats your ideal string spacing?
    Any real neck problems?

    Thanks for replying. Not excluding Stew or John but I know they are and they have a wealth of material here already. Pleases chime in though because I'm really giving serious thought to moving up to even spaced 8, and changing my aproach to bass alltogether.
     
  2. Dave Muscato

    Dave Muscato

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    Talking about courses (4x2), or 8 strings tuned in 4ths?
     
  3. Jay Terrien

    Jay Terrien

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    Jauqo has an AWESOME blue single-cut 8 string (BEADGCFBb) made by Mike Adler.
     
  4. Lo end PUNCH

    Lo end PUNCH

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    Straight 8, not 4 with octaves.
     
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  6. RickenBoogie

    RickenBoogie

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    Oh, that's another animal altogether.
     
  7. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Moderator Supporting Member

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    I want an 8 string.

    only one more string to go!
     
  8. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    I did a gig in January with Little Anthony and the Imperials, and their bassist had an 8-string Conklin. Sounded really good, but the neck was just plain gigantic. Reminded me of playing bass with a ski for a neck.
     
  9. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

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    Sometimes I am a 10 stringer ...

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  10. Want a 9

    Want a 9

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    Sometimes Stew is a 10 stringer also. :cool:

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    Unfortunately this bass bit the dust during hurricane Katrina. Stew has a new Conklin 10 string now. I don't have any pictures of it though.
     
  11. alanhasradar

    alanhasradar

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    I've been playing a Conklin 8 for several years now...
    As far as what pushed me up the hill (not off the cliff yet!), was actually Bill Conklin. I approached him about building me another 7 and he suggested the 8 (adding the low F#). Admittedly, it was a more difficult transition than was 6 to 7...adding the low F# threw my right hand navigation outta whack for a good bit, but soon enough it was all worth it :)
    I (knock on woods) haven't had any issue with the bass as far as neck tension, tuning, or much else. It was two truss rods and graphite rods, so it's pretty stable.
    The assets of having the added range are pretty obvious...The one (and big) drawback is the weight. The beautiful beast is a boat anchor. A good strap helps but at 1:30am, it's taken its toll :)

    Hope that helps!
    (Please excuse the dramatic stage lighting in the attached picture)
     

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  12. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Moderator Supporting Member

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    Gotcha covered.

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    Here's his 8-string too. I love this bass.
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  13. Want a 9

    Want a 9

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    Thanks Mark. I knew I had seen pictures of Stews new 10 string bass, I just couldn't remember where I saw them. :)
     
  14. Lo end PUNCH

    Lo end PUNCH

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    Thanks for the comments and replies so far. Those basses are nice, the tens are a little scary but they look amazing.
     
  15. pointbass

    pointbass Semi-Retired Gold Supporting Member

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    Although I primarily play 7's and sometimes 6's, I'm having a fretless 8 string built by FBB (won't see it until next year) for the express purpose of utilizing the F# without losing the existing BEADGCF tuning. In the interim, I've been playing a prototype fretless 8 made by a local cat. The prototype has some issues (bad neck dive being one of them) so it's really not a gigging bass.

    For all practical purposes, the 7's do just about everything I need in my gigging environments. The 8 is definitely not a neccessity for me and will be used primarily for some small duo work with a guitar player ... :cool:

    It wasn't a huge transition for me, but again, I'm not gigging with the big boy yet .... all things are pretty easy when you're sitting in your room by yourself .... ;)
     
  16. Lo end PUNCH

    Lo end PUNCH

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    Hey Pointbass, any pics of that 8 laying around?
     
  17. pointbass

    pointbass Semi-Retired Gold Supporting Member

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    Sorry Lo, no can do ... :atoz:

    I have a solemn vow not to give out any details or pics until the builder gets the bugs worked out (it's his very first attempt at a bass). But as soon as I get the go ahead, I'll be glad to post up .... :cool:
     
  18. CTbass&birdsong

    CTbass&birdsong

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  19. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

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    I'll play!

    My Stambaugh SCNT8

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    Have recently been thinking of getting a new preamp installed... Maybe one of the 2 Band types they put in the Low End Jazz basses!

    Oh, Brian!!!
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  20. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

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    Here's a pic of my two Conklin 8s I had (along with the Stammie)..

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  21. Lo end PUNCH

    Lo end PUNCH

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    I've seen that Stammie here quite a few times, even for sale at one time I believe, a beautiful, great looking instrument. What way do you tune it?
     

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