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18-string bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Demonfish22, Oct 2, 2002.


  1. Demonfish22

    Demonfish22

    Jul 31, 2002
    Bath, England
    I recently read on a CD inlay that someone was playing an 18-stringer! I was wondering if anyone knew anything about these monsters, or whether it was a just a typo.

    I think probably a typo...
     
  2. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    No.. I think Warrior makes one.. Jaquo.. who posts here has one I think..
     
  3. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
  4. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    jauqo has a 15 string - it's a 5 string with 2 sets of octave strings.
     
  5. DigMe

    DigMe

    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    Man, do you have to have extra-wide finger tips to play that thing? Either that or little tentacles on the end of each finger (mmmm...tentacles...think what you could do with those. I mean on the bass, you sick freaks!).

    brad cook
     
  6. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Ahhh... Ok, my mistake... But as posted above 18 string basses do exist... Dont have a clue on what cost would be to get one though..
     
  7. Here it is, this is a picture taken at the Atlanta TB get together this past spring.
    Warrior 18 String
     
  8. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

  9. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Must be where you buy those egg-slicers!! ;)
     
  10. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    [​IMG]

    I may be mistaken, but I only count 15..
     
  11. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    I think Tom Petersson played an 18-string some. I've played the Hamer 12-string (4 sets of 3) and it's not that hard. Somewhat different fingering technique, and you pretty much have to play with a pick. The Hamer sounded great through a Mo' Bass with some distortion.
     
  12. Sorry, it is a 15, for some reason I thought it was 18. I didn't bother to count, just posted it. Must be that dang new math.
     
  13. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    ....and where "slap and pop" only refers to a technique used for child discipline.
     
  14. DigMe

    DigMe

    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    Isn't there some company that sells a 4 to 18 string conversion kit? I was thinking about doing that with my old Ibanez. :D

    brad cook
     
  15. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    Allen Woody had an 18 String Modulus, too.
     
  16. I'm surprised he wasn't mentioned sooner.

    Would an 18-string's high C be tripled, or would there actually be octave strings? I guess you could do it with a .008 or .009 string, but that's an awful lot of tension...
     
  17. [​IMG]

    Here's a photo of the late Allen Woody's 18-string Modulus bass. Sorry about the poor quality of the image, I've been looking for about a year and this is the best I've been able to come up with. Check the 12-String Bass Website for other monsters!
     
  18. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
  19. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
  20. thats just ridiculous.