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10-string (doubled 5)?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Peter McFerrin, Nov 13, 2001.

  1. Has anybody here ever played a 10-string (that is, a 5-string with octave strings)? I love the 8/12-string sound but I can't bring myself to give up my low B. I know that they exist, but the only companies I know of that build them are Alembic and Warrior, neither of which is suited to my aesthetic and financial desires.

    I know that Yngwie Malmsteen's stage bassist built a 10-string from a Carvin 6-string neck-through blank. I would consider doing something like that, or maybe having Moses or Warmoth make a custom neck, but I'd prefer to find one for a price that won't make my wallet run and hide.
  2. ytsebri


    Sep 1, 2000
    Tune makes (or made in 1993) 8,10 and 12 string basses. The 12 was a 6 string doubled. I don't know about any other companies.
  3. Michael Manring has a 10-string Zon, but that'd be way out of your price range. I think you're on the right track with the Warmoth or Carvin 6-string neck blank idea. I've never seen a 10-string in a store.
  4. JPJ


    Apr 21, 2001
    Chicago, IL
    John Paul Jones uses one on a regular basis, and feeatures 4, 8, 10 & 12 strings by Hugh Manson on his latest rolo release, "Zooma". I highly recommend it for all bass players. Also, watch out for Jonesy's new album coming out in a few months. Check out www.johnpauljones.com or www.john-paul-jones.com for more info and pictures of his basses.
  5. I checked tunebass.com -- they don't make 10s anymore.

    When I have the scratch, I might well have Matt Schmill build me another bass ;)
  6. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Central Texas
    Will I see you at the Chicago show? We're supposed to have backstage passes (or at least comped tickets) from Hugh, per my uncle.
  7. pilotjones


    Nov 8, 2001
  8. pilotjones


    Nov 8, 2001
  9. Like I said, dude, I'm not a fan of Warriors. I have enough trouble swallowing their born-again shtick :rolleyes:, and the excessive lamination and pointlessly intricate inlay work make me want to gag.

    Not to take this thread into dangerously OT zones, but when I pick up my bass I don't want it to yell "Jesus loves you!" at me. Actually, since I'm a Mormon, a Warrior would probably say "you're going to hell, infidel!"
  10. That's pretty tasty. The body style isn't really my bag, but then I'm having an FBB 5-string built (http://people.cornell.edu/pages/pam35/images/1046-wings.jpg), so you may disagree with my aesthetic judgements :D

    I like the wood combination on that bass. Is that top cocobolo or claro walnut?
  11. pilotjones


    Nov 8, 2001
    re Dolan: I don't know for sure, but it looks like cocobolo to me. I think it's gorgeous.

    re your fbb: the body shape looks a lot like a pedulla MVP/buzz. I used to have a pre-MVP. What is the top wood of the wings?

    Don't most fbb's look like more extreme (or more weird, depending on your taste) versions of the mvp/buzz? No insult, just they are kind of unusual.
  12. That's for sure.

    It's ribbon-stripe bubinga.

    Yeah, I've noticed that. Schmill likes really organic, flowing designs. I like the MVP/Buzz shape, so it's all good. It doesn't look particularly traditional, but whatever.

    Ever seen a Goodfellow bass? Those are also very Pedulla-esque.