Playing fast (metal) fingerstyle on an 8-string?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by MaskedJackal, Dec 3, 2005.

  1. I mean OCTAVED 8-string :)

    I've been thinking about saving for a Dean Edge 8. They play quite nice, and I like fingerpicking on the one I played.

    Besides Tony Senatore, I don't see too many players playing octave basses fingerstyle- especially not in metal. Heck, ARE there any 8-stringers in metal? None come to mind.

    Basically, can anyone give advice as to fingerpicking technique on 8-string? I get the sense it might be differrent....

  2. Suckbird

    Suckbird Inactive

    May 4, 2004
    Why not just buy an octave pedal?
  3. WillBuckingham


    Mar 30, 2005
    I think most people use a pick for those things.
  4. It would feel like cheating. I dunno, I just dig 8 strings.

    Plus, the Edge 8 I'm looking at costs only a little more than a Electro-Harmonix POG.
  5. Yes, but I don't really plan on it. :rolleyes:
  6. I'm thinking it would sound pretty badass. Go for it, and post some recordings while you're at it. :bassist:
  7. Thank you, sir. I want to do a slow, dirgy-but-melodic doom metal band (doom metal=Black Sabbath-influenced) with my buddy who I do a tongue-in-cheek horror/funk/metal band with, via my bass and Sansamp BDDI and his FruityLoops drum stuff over the internet. You can check out our stuff at - it's simple stuff I'm playing, and "JSMBS" is a bunch of distorted bass overdubs.
  8. All_¥our_Bass


    Dec 26, 2004
    Metallica used a 12 string octaved bass on 'Wherever I May Roam'
  9. WalterBush


    Feb 27, 2005
    Yuma, Az
    Full disclosure, I'm a certified Fender technician working in a music store that carries Fender, Yamaha, and Ibanez products among others.
    dUG from King's X regularly plays 8 and 12 stringers, with and without a pick. I believe the strings are set up slightly differently on some models to accomodate this. I know Hamer used to put the primary string on top, for picking, or below the octave string, for plucking, on different models. Either way, go for it and post a clip. I was eyeballing the Edge 8 as well, let us know how it works out.
  10. Joey Demaio from Manowar sometimes use an 8-string octaved bass. I think he use it on the song "Bride Of Death".