I'm wondering if any other players/builders have much experience with doubled-course 8 string basses. I've been playing a Dean Rhapsody 8 & it gave me taste of what I'm in for. I'm spec'ing one out presently, but wonder what you'd recommend to make it more practical/versatile. It's a weird beast, to be sure, but I love the tones an 8 can impart. If have any observations on 8 strings, I'd love to hear your input! Thanks ! m so far, I'm thinking: 8 string 34"scale 28 fret 3/16" between octave strings neck width = 1 3/4 @nut, 2 5/8 @ 24th fret singlecut body style TOP: buckeye burl neck: 5 pc wenge w/ purplhrt strngrs f'boad: figured hard maple p'up: Lane Poor's (I've got some) Bridge: allparts bb358 Backmount strap peg Not sure about yet: body wings: mahog/bubinga/ash/sapele??? electronics:Aguilar/bart/(mids select)???