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How to TUNE an 8 string bass?!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Lazy B., Feb 9, 2004.


  1. I just bought a fretless 8 string XL8 Kramer Bass (4 pairs of strings). Joy! Thus, now for the important question: what strings do I provide it with and how do I tune them? Thanks y'all!
     
  2. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    Lokk on the net for a place to order them. www.juststrings.com, MusiciansFriend, places like that. THey are tuned EADG amd EADG respectively. :) THat means that the thick ones are regular bass notes, and the added set is an octave up from that.
     
  3. Allright, I see. That's what I thought; tuning in octaves. Can I use regular guitarstrings for the high ones?

    And are there perhaps any interesting alternative ways of tuning an 8 string?
     
  4. Markdezy

    Markdezy

    Jan 24, 2004
    Atlanta
    12stringbass.net should be helpful to you.
     
  5. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    I am sure there are other tunings, but I haven't used any. Regular guitar strings might work if they are long enough, and the ball ends don't slip through the bridge.
     
  6. I tuned an 8 string bass going
    (notes in paratheses are for the octave higher strings)
    E(b)-A(e)-D(a)-G(d)
    Standard tuning with a compound 5th :)
    You could also do

    C(E)-G(B)-D(Gb)-A(Db)
    Tuned to fifths, and an compound 3rd! makes for very funky and melodic double stops.
     
  7. Davehenning

    Davehenning

    Aug 9, 2001
    Los Angeles
    D'Addario makes an 8 string set. (XL 8)

    I believe GHS makes them as well, but I have only seen the XL8's in my travels.
     
  8. SoComSurfing

    SoComSurfing Mercedes Benz Superdome. S 127. R 22. S 12-13.

    Feb 15, 2002
    Mobile, Al
    Hmm...those tunings sound interesting...I'll have to give them a shot.
     
  9. I heard the guy from Cheap Trick tunes E + 5th above, A,D,G + octaves.