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JP 8 or 9 string?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JP Basses, Jun 25, 2004.


  1. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
    Ok, I decided I'll be building an 8 or 9 string bass soon. This will be an uncommissioned bass but I think I'll have fun building it.

    Now, should I do an 8 or a 9.
    I know 8 are usually tuned F#BEADGCF
    What about 9ers? adding upper range or lower?

    Which bass would be easier to sell? 8 or 9?

    And last question which one of my body shapes would you guys like to see for this project.


    Peace,
    JP
     
  2. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    I'm gonna keep a close eye on this one JP!! Especially if it's something you'll offer for sale later..

    As far as 9 strings I think going to a high A# might be better since the gear required for a low C# might be unattainable for the majority of people..

    I think it would work with any of the styles you offer.. My favorite has always been the Zia.. ;)
     
  3. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Also I'd probably buy either one depending.. :D
     
  4. Hey JP! :D

    I think Lower would be better, the bass is born to be low :oops: (thanks leo!)
    Why not making 11? :p
    A good challenge for you! ;)
    (Toujours pas de JP basses par chez moi?) :confused:
    T'as vu la France? :bawl:

    Salut
    Vince
     
  5. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
    Thanks Mark. Yes, the bass will be an available project, as I do from time to time.

    Hi A# ? why not. What kind of string gauge? 0.010??

    Peace,
    JP
     
  6. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
    Actually I prefer Higher range on ERB ;)

    a 11 is still not in my head. Somehow, I think there is a "too much" level that is set at 10 for me at the moment. (hehe a few years ago it was at 7 so who knows??)

    Peace,
    JP

    PS: nan pas de JP par chez toi que je sache
    PS2: bien fait pour la France, ils avaient qu'à bien jouer. En plus j'suis pour le Portugal :D
     
  7. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    You know.. I'm really not sure. I've never played a high A#.. :meh:

    Might want to PM Al Caldwell; black9string here at TB.. He has several Conklin 9s and could probably give you the scoop...
     
  8. Daniel L.

    Daniel L. Guest

    Aug 30, 2002
    Be a man, make a 9! :D

    I think the Zia shape would look best.

    I don't think it would be any harder to sell a 9 than an 8.
     
  9. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE

    LOL

    :D
     
  10. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
    hehe, i was thinking Zia or Plume SC
     
  11. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
    Well I also posted on the ERB forum so people like GBC or stew should pope in soon ;)

    I need to listen to some 9 string sond clips to hear that hi A#

    Peace,
    JP
     
  12. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Well, I know that Stew's on tour with Brotherhood of Groove for the next seven weeks.. He's been lamenting the arrival of his Conklin 10 string during his absence.. I told him he could have Bill send it to me while he was away!! :D :D
     
  13. I vote 8. Wouldn't you know it JP, but I've been thinking about an 8 for a while. I'll be interested to see this as I already know what I'm getting into with your basses (a whole lotta good!!!). My biggest concern about an 8 string was that I haven't spent any amount of time with basses from any of the guys that make them.

    This could turn out well.

    Fanned frets??? :D ;)

    Geoff
     
  14. Jean Baudin

    Jean Baudin

    Aug 27, 2003
    redwood city, ca
    Endorsing Artist: See Profile
    Hey JP...

    I have enough GAS as it is! :smug:

    My high string (I usually call it a "Bb") is .15 - and some people use a .10 - but I feel the .10 is too loose (at least on the 3 nine's I've owned).

    If you want to hear some sound clip's go to conklin's site and click on the Cherished Challenges Link. There's a different "loop" for each month. All of those are recorded on my 9-string (and I'm pretty sure I use the high string in every track).

    I vote for Naia.
     
  15. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
    Jean: thanks man, thos clips are nice indeed.
    0.010 is very tiny :rolleyes:

    Geoff: lol, no fanned frets on this one. Good'ol 34"
    Should be a fanned frets project too very soon, I have this 6 string 33 to 35" slotted board here...you know about it.

    Mark:Thanks. now i remember reading about Stew's tour.

    Peace,
    JP
     
  16. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
    Well, thanks again all, for your input.

    I think I've decided on a Zia 8 string and I'll probably make it headless as my first Zia 7 worked so well like that.

    Peace,
    JP
     
  17. karrot-x

    karrot-x Banned

    Feb 21, 2004
    Omicron Persei 8
    Create a new double cut away design for it!
     
  18. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE

    Nope. 4 models is already a lot.

    Peace,
    JP
     
  19. Josh Curry

    Josh Curry

    May 29, 2003
    Frisco, TX
    JP, I think your plume single cut design would be the best. It will definitely help eliminate the neck dive.