Multi-string bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by staybobo, Nov 16, 2012.


  1. staybobo

    staybobo

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    I want a 10 string bass with 3 strings on the first & second strings and 2 strings on the third & fourth strings. What builder, pickup(s), wood, and electronics should I use?
  2. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    I think you're going to have a hard time finding anyone to build that. So, start contacting as many builders as you can.

    Why not just get a regular 12er or 8 string?
  3. Funkinthetrunk

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  4. String Theory

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    I think the customized bridge would be quite expensive. Interesting idea though.
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  6. Immigrant

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    Just find a 12 and re-string it however you want.

    That's weird. I've never heard of anybody wanting that. Power to ya. Stick it to convention!
  7. BassCommander

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    A course strung (assuming that's what you meant) bass like that would have a lot of sympathetic resonance in the strings (unwanted hum in a bass or the defining sound in a sitar). Wouldn't a chorus pedal achieve similar results? Electric mandolins generally forgo the course stringing and use an effect to get a similar sound. Course strung instruments, ime, have a higher tension with thinner strings to (presumably) lessen sympathetic vibrations.
  8. Lee H

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    that is exactly what I was thinking. But I play a 12 string, and I can not think of a reason I would leave two strings off
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  10. staybobo

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    10 string bass (2 doubles + 2 triples)
    Ee Aa Ddd Ggg tuning
    Prat Original I shape
    33" scale*
    Graphite bolt on neck
    Stainless steel Fender vintage bass frets (24)
    C inlays on fretboard, with numbers (like the Gibson Skylark lap steel)
    Korina solid body with 2 wood burned sound hole
    Forearm contour
    EMG MMTW pickup between 60s jazz bass bridge position and split coil p bass position.
    on/on toggle switch for humbucker & single coil, mini toggle for mute
    Hipshot tuner machines
    Custom 10 string bridge
    Hardware: nickel color
    Natural oil finish
    Brass nut
    2 fake wood burned sound holes (like the Trini Lopez Deluxe)

    What do you think of this design?
  11. SehlraC

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    staybobo, I'm curious - what caused you to decide on this particular string configuration?
  12. spade2you

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    Honestly, I think finding a suitable bridge will make this project not happen.
  13. SteveC

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    What purpose would this bass serve?
  14. xUptheIronsx

    xUptheIronsx Conform or Be Cast Out.... Gold Supporting Member

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    how big are your hands/fingers? I could not even imagine having enough strength to make this work. The neck would be huge...
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    Hipshot can make the bridge for this bass.
  16. staybobo

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    What do you think of Korina bass body?
  17. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    It wouldn't have to be any larger than a production 12 string bass. We're talking courses, not an ERB.
  18. staybobo

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    Courses, thats right it's just like a 12 string.
  19. lowfreq33

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    But why only two strings per the E and A? I'd imagine that will create some volume/tonal imbalances.
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  21. KISSbestfan

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    3 strings will mute each other because of amplitude, so you wont be able to play anything. Unless the space will be as big, it would be no longer the bass you want to have.

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