9 string guitars? No thanks!

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Thomas Kievit, Mar 22, 2014.

  1. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    Pfew! After Ibanez, Schecter now launches a 9 string electric guitar as well. Man, where does it stop? Personally, I think 8 strings would be the maximum amount of strings for a electric guitar player to play on.

    However (duh), because I think 8 strings is enough, doesn't mean nobody should play it ;) There are people out there who like 9 string guitars, so it's great for them if they can get some affordable 9 stringers. I wonder when the 10 string guitars are coming :p



    P.S. Any chance Meshuggah will go 9? :p :p
  2. Danhight88


    Feb 3, 2014
    Even the low string on an 8 sounds farty.
    9 string guitars are just as bad as 7 string basses.
  3. Eric66


    Sep 23, 2013
    The Netherlands
    If you want so many strings, buy a piano....
  4. Jazz Ad

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    10 string guitars have been around for several centuries. Just sayin'.
  5. mbelue


    Dec 11, 2010
    That isn't completely the fault of the guitar.
  6. Danhight88


    Feb 3, 2014
    I just think you might as well go all out and play a chapman stick if you want a 9 string
  7. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    I will keep collecting until I have 40 basses


  8. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    Chapman stick is bass related ;) Plus both instruments play different and sound different. Chapman stick is a tapping board, so I think it's more liek playing piano, or atleast the way how you use your hands.

  9. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    Depends on the player ;) I can buy the most expensive Fodera bass available but if I can't play bass on a right way, the bass sounds bad cause of me :p

    Also, for those extended range guitars and bass guitars, you surely need a longer scale length than normally. for a 7 & 8 string guitar, 27 inch is a very good scale length. This to make sure the lower strings sound clear.

    Oh and don't forget the gauges of the strings either. I've seen most 8 string guitars come with a .065 F# string. Bit floppy according to many 8 string guitar players. I've heared .074 is a good gauge for a clear sounding F# string.

  10. hillerup

    hillerup There are basses, and there are Thunderbirds!

    Aug 26, 2009
    Copenhagen, Denmark

    That should do the job! :)
  11. mbelue


    Dec 11, 2010
    I would expect most players moving up to a9 string would already have a favorite brand of strings and change them up on purchase. You can't really slag the guitar for its strings.
  12. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum.

    Jun 5, 2011
    I say again, you get more than 8 and the guitar is becoming a solo instrument. Nothing wrong with that, but don't be surprised when it doesn't work well with a bass. Unless Jauqo III-X is playing the bass.
  13. I think beyond 7 becomes a logistical problem. Even a 7 string benefits from fanned frets.

    I would agree an 8 string or 9 string might not work as well with a bass, especially when you might consider that the low B of archtops was meant to be a substitute for a bassist. ;)
  14. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    Dick Van Patten held similar views.
  15. Winfred


    Oct 21, 2011
    Well played, Sir. :p
  16. Winfred


    Oct 21, 2011
    A 9 string guitar? Just think of the out-of-tune options that are now available to even more guitarists.
  17. Wrilley


    Jan 2, 2012
    Detroit, MI USA
    Agile's had 10 strings for ages.
  18. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once... Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2013
    I understand they're very popular downstream from Three Mile Island...

    I've had a 12-string guitar since 1967 but, of course, not quite the same...
  19. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon.

    Nicely done.
  20. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon.


    My mandolin has 8 strings. Spacing is a little tighter and the scale is a tad shorter than a guitar or bass.:)