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most strings on a bass?

Discussion in 'Ask Mike Watt [Archived]' started by Lozenger, May 24, 2003.


  1. Lozenger

    Lozenger

    Feb 26, 2003
    how many strings can you get on a bass that hasn`t been tampered with and what is the most strings you have seen?
     
  2. watt

    watt TalkBass Pro Supporting Member

    hi,

    I got an econo p-bass and made it from a four string to a five w/a new nut and bridge and found the strings too close together and the tension on the neck a little brutal. the 'b' was kind of flabby too. I made it back to it's four string way and sold it. that's my only experience w/a five string - maybe ten or eleven years ago.




    on bass, watt



     
  3. Subculture13

    Subculture13 Jamming Econo

    Apr 9, 2003
    Toronto, Ont. Canada
    There is also the option of going up to a stock 6 string bass (One added low string one added high from a conventional 4 string bass). Many major manufacturers make these (Ibanez, Washburn, etc.) I have even seen a 7 string bass (a Conklin Custom Shop deal). Then the next leap would be to an 8 string, which is only slightly larger in neck width than a 4 string and employs the same basic premise as a 12 string guitar. It is a set of standard strings with a second set of strings for an octave above that is strung slightly above and below the main set. Going above that I have even seen 12 string basses, going yet another additional octave above the 8 string. Giving you a root-octave-2nd octave sound. Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam uses these alot, they are made by Hamer. A Hamer 8 string is how he got the chorusy sound for the intro to Jeremy.
     
  4. watt

    watt TalkBass Pro Supporting Member

    hi,

    once I played an eight string bass in berlin for a fIREHOSE encore at a gig where a friendly bassist really wanted me to play his machine and it sounded kind of like a piano! we did a cover of public enemy's "sophisticated..." - I think each pair was the root and an octave... I think it was b.c. rich bass.




    on bass, watt





     
  5. I was wondering when 12-strings were going to come up in this thread. :) tom petersson from cheap trick's main thunderboom is usually a hamer 12-string - witness "gonna raise hell" on dream police for a loud-and-clear example of t.p. on the 12.

     
  6. How about an 18-string? This was made by Vox Humana in the Netherlands. Modulus made one too.

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  7. Subculture13

    Subculture13 Jamming Econo

    Apr 9, 2003
    Toronto, Ont. Canada
    I was wondering when somebody would make a bass that had octaved strings based off of a 5 or 6 string. It was only a matter of time I suppose.
    Crazy!! I'd say you won that little competition. Thanks for the info.
     
  8. watt

    watt TalkBass Pro Supporting Member

    whoa,

    now this must have one wide neck, huh? damn!




    on bass, watt



     
  9. watt,

    makes a five-string's neck look like the little bass's, doesn't it? ;)

    ceej
     
  10. watt

    watt TalkBass Pro Supporting Member

    ceej,

    the little bass (eb-3) has a neck about as wide as a regular one, it's just shorter in length. maybe that's what you meant though, huh (length-wise)? width-wise though, these basses w/all the strings must take a new approach to playing them!!!



    on bass,watt





     
  11. watt,

    I was actually thinking width. I haven't had the pleasure of trying your little bass yet (then again, I didn't have the nerve to ask when I saw you in Philly!) so I can't say for sure about neck length. The string spacing and relative neck width on my own pentagon thud staff (fender custom shop 5-string j-bass) isn't much different than my other basses but I think my white kramer focus "project mersh" bass (as I call it for certain reasons) has the longest neck.

    ceej

     
  12. bill "buddah" dickens plays one of these -a 9 string bass all single strings meaning no octaves
     
  13. watt

    watt TalkBass Pro Supporting Member

    hey,

    whoa! what are the notes of each string (if you know)?




    on bass, watt



     
  14. i have no idea but i would i magine low to high

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  15. watt

    watt TalkBass Pro Supporting Member

    hmm...

    what's stopping him from going to a ten string (and get two whole octaves of open strings!)?




    on bass, watt




     
  16. i suppose that the neck is already thick enough i think to stringds would make the neck 1 foot thick near the body if it isint already
     
  17. watt

    watt TalkBass Pro Supporting Member

    hmm...

    thick being the neck's front-to-back dimension or what I call it's width, outside the high string to outside the low string?



    on bass, watt




     
  18. outside high to outside low (width)
     
  19. watt

    watt TalkBass Pro Supporting Member

    whoa!

    oh man!




    on bass, watt





     
  20. low to high F#BEADGCFBb

    here's a pic-

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