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eight string basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by God_of_bass, Nov 18, 2001.

  1. sorry but i need to know. how is an eight string bass tuned? is irt tuned in intervals of 2 or what? thank you
  2. Sten


    Nov 18, 2001
    my guess would be
  3. LWatford


    Jul 28, 2001
    Helena, AL
    Some 8 strings have double courses with regular bass strings and octave strings, like a 12-string guitar. So the tuning would look like: Ee Aa Dd Gg.
  4. i was thinking the eight strin bass like stuart from jamiroquai, he would play teh most common type of 8 string, i think that would be octave tuning, help! i want one, but how could i play it if i cant tune it
  5. bb77


    Oct 13, 2001
    The 8th string have double strings, in other words 4 regular strings and other 4 but thinner and is tuned an octave higher than the four regular
  6. coyoteboy

    coyoteboy easy there, Ned Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2000
    Sactomato, CA
    I find B,E,A,D,G,C,F,Bb to be useful, but I'm thinking of going to C#,F#,B,E,A,D,G,C, In preparation of getting a 10-string tuned G#,C#,F#,B,E,A,D,G,C,F. That is, of course, if I can get a .008 string to tune to that high F above guitar E at a 34" scale...;)
  7. geshel


    Oct 2, 2001
    Oh boy - for a minute there I thought you meant G# C# F# *low B* E... :)

    .008 is the standard high-D string on Chapman Stick (and maybe Warr guitar too), so you should be able to get some from them. But note that it's tuned to D - E on a 34" scale has always been a problem if not near-impossible. If you manage an F, I think some people would be interested in finding out how. :)

    (edit) I see that they do list a .007 for a possible high E on the Stick guage chart at Stickwire,


    So maybe it's not as hard as I thought.

    (apologies to the thread starter since this is useless for him, unless he eventually decides to make a 14-string Bb,Ea,Aa,Dd,Gg,Cc,Ff octave bass! heheh :eek: )
  8. ..why a 34 inch scale? i believe a longer scale would work better for such low strings...
  9. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    stu played a custom warwick streamer 8 string, tuned


    8 strings are badass, i kinda want one :) (but after the dolphin, the j-bass, and the 6string fretless)

  10. coyoteboy

    coyoteboy easy there, Ned Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2000
    Sactomato, CA
    Thanks a bunch Geshel! My apologies as well to the thread starter for going a bit off thread. Technically, this would be a Warr Guitar, so its not a bass, really, and 34" for a .140 or .145 low G# would be fine in this application, though I have thought of the Novax idea, which would get me longer bass strings, and more comfortably short treble strings. More $$. Ahh well, I haven't bought it yet, so it's not much of an issue, I'm sure my 8 will keep me occupied for a long time.