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8 string (doubled strings) basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bass_drum, Feb 18, 2005.


  1. bass_drum

    bass_drum

    Feb 13, 2005
    Alberta,Canada
    Hey guys just wondering about 8 string basses. Im basically wondering (what you guys will think is very newbie of me lol) general info on the 8 string bass.


    How expensive are the strings?

    How much different is it for the hands?

    Anything else I should know about them?


    Thanks guys,
    ~JB~
     
  2. john turner

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

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    4 pairs of strings or 8 individual strings?
     
  3. Funkize you

    Funkize you Guest

    Nov 4, 2003
    Westminster Ca.
    What Jt Said.

    Doubled, or 8 individual Strings?
     
  4. LajoieT

    LajoieT I won't let your shadow be my shade...

    Oct 7, 2003
    Western Massachusetts
    I'd assume he means a straight 8 string (ERB) since doubled 4's string prices are rather easy to find and most people (incorrectly) assume that there isn't much playing difference between a straight 4 and a doubled 4 (till they play one).

    [edit] Doh!!! OK my mistake to make an assumption. :crying:
     
  5. bass_drum

    bass_drum

    Feb 13, 2005
    Alberta,Canada
    I mean the ones with the doubled strings
     
  6. john turner

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

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    ah, doubled string 8's. ok, well, i'll change your title to match that :) you'll get more responses that way i would think.
     
  7. bass_drum

    bass_drum

    Feb 13, 2005
    Alberta,Canada
    thanks man
     
  8. incubus2432

    incubus2432

    Mar 21, 2002
    Grafton, Ohio
    I actually didn't find it to be much of an adjustment from playing my 4 stringers (all of my basses are Rics). It requires a little more hand strength on your fretting hand and I had to clean up my attack with my plucking fingers to get the most out of it. Honestly, I was surprised at how easy it was to adapt to.

    String price was about what I expected.....around $25 for a set of GHS Boomers. I break strings on a regular basis so getting a higher end setup is not an option I am interested in.