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octave 8 fretless neck

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by tjclem, Dec 5, 2005.


  1. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
  2. I've played one of those before. Not that hard to fret because the strings run very close, and one if very thin, but I see no point in it. There's no major advantage that I can see, and buying strings for them must be a total bitch.
     
  3. Mudfuzz

    Mudfuzz

    Apr 3, 2004
    WA...
    Not really, just get a set of piccolo strings and a set of your favorite normal strings; I use flats on the bass strings and rounds on the octave strings on my 8 string.

    I have always really liked the idea of a fretless 8, I bet you could really play some neat oudish parts with one.
     
  4. Mark Egan did some fretless 8-string stuff, IINM(if I'm not mistaken). :D
     
  5. nateo

    nateo Schubie Fan #1

    Mar 2, 2003
    Ottawa, Ontario
    A friend of mine has an octave 12 (3 x 4 strings). It wasn't that hard to play, you just had to make sure you were holding down and striking three strings instead of one. As for the point, you should hear the crazy full sound you can get out of one of those things. He was in a 3 piece band and the extra top end basically filled in where another guitarist would have been.

    Of course, that was before he found Dingwall. I don't think the 12 gets touched much anymore.

    -Nate
     
  6. Gard

    Gard Commercial User

    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    General Manager, Roscoe Guitars
    bassmonkeee from Atlanta has a Curbow fretless 8 with the pair strings seperated so you can play them individually or paired if you just pay a little attention. Works like a charm, sounds cool (when bassmonkeee is playing it!).

    I sound like ca-ca playing it! :spit:

    ;)
     
  7. Geez, you don't have to buy seperate sets, they sell 8 string sets right out of the box.

    like these:http://juststrings.com/ghs-8ls-dyb.html

    And you don't see a point? Well how's about it being the equivalent of a 12 string guitar (octave pairs) or you could tune it to fifths, and make full sounding, chord-like voices off one string pairing? I see alot of benefit in that. It's cool...don't knock til ya tried it.

    I wouldn't play it fretless, but if that's your bag....
     
  8. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    You do if you don't like the few options available. I don't like GHS strings, and I don't really care for Rotosounds, either.

    Currently, I've got TI Jazz Rounds as my bass strings, and Ken Smith Piccolo strings as the octaves. The smaller windings on the Jazz Rounds, in addition to their lower tension, make them feel more similar to the piccolo strings than most ready-made sets I've tried. Also, since they have the silk wrap under the windings, so it softens the overtones of the root strings and lets the octave strings ring more clearly.

    Plus, the alternating red and green silk on the headstock makes it Christmas all year. :bassist:
     
  9. Is it fretless?
     
  10. Tiny Tim

    Tiny Tim

    Jul 8, 2002
    Salem, Oregon
    Tom, go for it! Check out 8stringbass.com and 12stringbass.com + .net for more info. I have played a 8 and 12 string bass, not much harder to play than a 4 string. One of the 12 string players has a fretless, he runs the .net site. I hope to build a 12ver at some point, I already have one of the shaller bridges. Tim
     
  11. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    I have a shaller 8 string bridge and an ETS like 10 string bridge. I think I am going to get more into fretting and try them......t
     
  12. nateo

    nateo Schubie Fan #1

    Mar 2, 2003
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Nope, they're both fretted.

    -Nate
     
  13. Tiny Tim

    Tiny Tim

    Jul 8, 2002
    Salem, Oregon
    Tom could you share your source for the 10 string bridge? I haven't seen one other than on one of the dean 10 string basses. Tim
     
  14. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    "Tom could you share your source for the 10 string bridge? I haven't seen one other than on one of the dean 10 string basses."

    I got it from a guy in Belguim. He had it made for him then never used it.........t