Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water - an 11 string bass...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mike Flynn, Aug 20, 2004.

  1. I just bought the latest copy of Bass Guitar Magazine (which is alright as bass mags go) and near the back is an advert for Basson Sound gear - and I couldn't believe that anyone would go even further than a 9 or 10 string bass - but Gary Goodman has with an 11 string Adler custom - and it looks kinda silly, and impossible to play - but hell, he makes a good sound and plays really well, so what the heck...

    <img src=http://www.bassinside.com/2004/february/garry2.jpg>

    Interview here:
  2. quallabone


    Aug 2, 2003
    Welcome to numerous months ago. Big bass though.
  3. wulf


    Apr 11, 2002
    Oxford, UK
    I wonder how much that weighs? I enjoyed doing a gig with my Hohner "cricket bat" B2A last night, which is not much more than a (headless) neck and the bare minimum of body to house the requisite hardware; I suspect this would be, literally, at the other end of the scale!

  4. Goodness, you switch off for a few weeks and I'm waaaaaay behend the times....! Just thought I'd share my slight dismay at the sight of such a beast - I almost mentioned above that this must have caught the attention of the Extended Range crew already - sorry for my slackness - I've been having a life - away from my pooter! ;)

  5. Ari


    Dec 6, 2001
    but Jaco only needed...

    :bag: :D
  6. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    **quickly muffles Ari with a sock**

    Quiet, you!

  7. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    No-the thread just started before you became a TB member (it started in January). There were people actively posting in it while you actively using TB-you probably just missed it.

    Why do you have a 'slight dismay'?
  8. 6-3-2


    Sep 20, 2003
    Sweet jebus you could surf on that.
  9. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    I think it's cool, not for me, but cool. My hand would probably hurt trying do anything in the low C area, way to much reaching for me.
  10. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
    its a friggin' Harp, whats the point of all those strings...ah well, I still have to hear the first one played, so convince me! ;)
  11. Exactly! if he sounds good, who cares how many strings it has! It looks rather cumbersome, but it weighs only 15lbs. I wonder how much a set strings cost? (BTW: Related question to all you 6+ string players - how do you manage for strings? Are you limited for choice? Do you have to have special sets made?)

    Interesting article, by the way…

    - Wil
  12. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    I only change strings on my basses (including my 6 and when I had my 7) about once or twice a year, and it's under forty bucks a set. That's just me though-I like them a little worn in. Supply is limited for sevens-Dean Markley and Ken Smith makes sets-but sixers have lots of choices. I imagine the 11-string takes extra long-scale guitar strings on the highest strings. Maybe Jean or Stew could answer...
  13. keb


    Mar 30, 2004
    Read the interview man, he's got some innovative ideas. :)
  14. keb


    Mar 30, 2004
    I've had some difficulties finding the exact guage of strings I like in the past (I tend to like my strings a little lighter than average) but on my 6 I just use the 6-string set from Carvin (which I think are actually Labella strings in disguise, but don't quote me on that.) They have the tension and gauge I prefer and they're tapered on the ball ends.
  15. Imagine an 11 with fanned frets. Just imagine.
  16. hey Wil,

    I get my strings from SIT. they're essentially a slightly modified set of the Conklin standard 7+ package.

    the craftsmanship on these is amazing. I have had one set on my 8 for the last 2 tours and studio album with Brotherhood of Groove and only now -- more than 50 dates and 300 hours of aggressive playing -- are they starting to show slight signs of wear!

    the company is always refining its products and expanding its range of options.

    you can also get ERB stes from GHS and, I believe, Labella.

    from the lows,

  17. Jean Baudin

    Jean Baudin

    Aug 27, 2003
    redwood city, ca
    Endorsing Artist: See Profile
    Bryan - I definitely prefer deader strings too, however for recording (which i'm doing now) I like 'em a little livelier. Like stew I get my strings from Conklin although I prefer the heavier gauge Snakeskins than the SITs. The high string on an 11 is .007, I'm hoping with my fanned frets I'll be using something a little heavier like a .010 or .009 - both SIT and conklin have that .007 in long scale with "bass ball" ends.

    I've got 2 in the works right now. So you can quit imagining. :D Hopefully, my Conklin will be finished in September... I kinda went wild with optioins so it's moving pretty slow - when it's done though, I think it will probably be right behind JT's doublewide and that swirly 6 string bass in pure craziness.
  18. Whafrodamus


    Oct 29, 2003
    Andover, MA
    The guy with that 2 string alien bass only needed...

    :ninja: :bag:
  19. cgworkman


    May 14, 2004
    Let's Get Ready To Rumble! [​IMG]
  20. Juneau


    Jul 15, 2004
    Dallas, TX.
    Jean, could you tell us what the scale length range will be on your fanned 11?