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Multi-string bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by staybobo, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. staybobo


    Oct 6, 2012
    I want a 10 string bass with 3 strings on the first & second strings and 2 strings on the third & fourth strings. What builder, pickup(s), wood, and electronics should I use?
  2. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    I think you're going to have a hard time finding anyone to build that. So, start contacting as many builders as you can.

    Why not just get a regular 12er or 8 string?
  3. Funkinthetrunk

    Funkinthetrunk Registered User Supporting Member

    Chris Stambaugh
  4. I think the customized bridge would be quite expensive. Interesting idea though.
  5. Just find a 12 and re-string it however you want.

    That's weird. I've never heard of anybody wanting that. Power to ya. Stick it to convention!
  6. BassCommander


    Aug 11, 2012
    A course strung (assuming that's what you meant) bass like that would have a lot of sympathetic resonance in the strings (unwanted hum in a bass or the defining sound in a sitar). Wouldn't a chorus pedal achieve similar results? Electric mandolins generally forgo the course stringing and use an effect to get a similar sound. Course strung instruments, ime, have a higher tension with thinner strings to (presumably) lessen sympathetic vibrations.
  7. Lee H

    Lee H

    Nov 30, 2011
    Redding CA
    that is exactly what I was thinking. But I play a 12 string, and I can not think of a reason I would leave two strings off
  8. PaPaVB20


    Aug 19, 2008
  9. staybobo


    Oct 6, 2012
    10 string bass (2 doubles + 2 triples)
    Ee Aa Ddd Ggg tuning
    Prat Original I shape
    33" scale*
    Graphite bolt on neck
    Stainless steel Fender vintage bass frets (24)
    C inlays on fretboard, with numbers (like the Gibson Skylark lap steel)
    Korina solid body with 2 wood burned sound hole
    Forearm contour
    EMG MMTW pickup between 60s jazz bass bridge position and split coil p bass position.
    on/on toggle switch for humbucker & single coil, mini toggle for mute
    Hipshot tuner machines
    Custom 10 string bridge
    Hardware: nickel color
    Natural oil finish
    Brass nut
    2 fake wood burned sound holes (like the Trini Lopez Deluxe)

    What do you think of this design?
  10. SehlraC


    Sep 14, 2009
    staybobo, I'm curious - what caused you to decide on this particular string configuration?
  11. Honestly, I think finding a suitable bridge will make this project not happen.
  12. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    What purpose would this bass serve?
  13. xUptheIronsx

    xUptheIronsx Conform or Be Cast Out....

    Feb 6, 2010
    C-ville, Col, Ohio
    how big are your hands/fingers? I could not even imagine having enough strength to make this work. The neck would be huge...

    JAUQO III-X Banned

    Jan 4, 2002
    Endorsing artist:see profile.

    Hipshot can make the bridge for this bass.
  15. staybobo


    Oct 6, 2012
    What do you think of Korina bass body?
  16. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    It wouldn't have to be any larger than a production 12 string bass. We're talking courses, not an ERB.
  17. staybobo


    Oct 6, 2012
    Courses, thats right it's just like a 12 string.
  18. lowfreq33


    Jan 27, 2010
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    But why only two strings per the E and A? I'd imagine that will create some volume/tonal imbalances.
  19. 3 strings will mute each other because of amplitude, so you wont be able to play anything. Unless the space will be as big, it would be no longer the bass you want to have.