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8 and 9 String Basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DiG, Aug 27, 2004.


  1. For 5 string basses its standardly tuned in B E A D G
    for 6 strings theres one more higher string
    for 7 strings theres andother higher string

    and for 9 strings theres another higher and another lower

    but for 8 strings, is there a string lower than B or would you have to get a 9 string for that?
     
  2. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    You can string them either way. Some string them BEADGCFBb, some F#BEADGCF, and some BEADGCEA. I have seen people with five, six and seven stringers with a low F# string.
     
  3. oversoul

    oversoul fretless by fate

    Feb 16, 2004
    Portugal
    Even C#F#BEADGC too :bassist:
     
  4. EADGCFBbEb even...
     
  5. i know they can be tuned either way
    but regularly
    is the new string that comes on an 8 string a big string or a little one
     
  6. IvanMike

    IvanMike Player Characters fear me... Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
    dont forget that when you hear people talking about 8 strings many times theyre referring to a bass with EADG tuning with octave strings
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  7. yah
    im talking about 8 seperate strings
    no octave strings
     
  8. probably more often than not, people with an 8 use an F#, the big one.
     
  9. okay thanks :D :bassist:
     
  10. there's an low F# on this beauty:

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  11. wow
    thats an awesome bass
    is that a conklin?
     
  12. sure is! belongs to our own mark beem.
     
  13. cool
    do you know what one of those would cost?
     
  14. it really depends. you can pay anywhere from 3 to 6 thousand on a custom conklin.
     
  15. one nice hollow deserves two more hehe...

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  16. Brian Barrett

    Brian Barrett

    Nov 25, 2001
    Murfreesboro, TN (Nashville)
    Dealer LowEndBassShop.com, Builder LowEndBasses.com
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    Heres a 6 string with F#

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  17. Al's Quilt 9 is so nice!!
     
  18. IvanMike

    IvanMike Player Characters fear me... Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
    My left hand really really hurts just looking at those conklins :eek:
     
  19. Brian Barrett

    Brian Barrett

    Nov 25, 2001
    Murfreesboro, TN (Nashville)
    Dealer LowEndBassShop.com, Builder LowEndBasses.com



    Hey its ok...... but his Holly Full top 11 string is going to be amazing!
     
  20. I could only imagine!! Any idea when Chris will start on it?