What Is Your Favorite Eight-String? Or Your Least Favorite? Why?

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  1. EBassR

    EBassR

    Nov 23, 2014
    California
    I'm trying to learn more about eight-strings—as in four courses of two strings. What are your favorites? Least favorites? Why? Thanks!
     
  2. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    My favorite? There's a picture of it in Paul Boyer's Rickenbacker bass book. A one-of-a-kind left handed Fireglo 4005/8. Why is it my favorite? Because I will never, ever be able to own it. It was actually for sale several years ago; IIRC, the starting bid price was $18,000; god knows what it eventually sold for... Which is just as well; I've yet to hold an 8 string bass that I could actually play. The strings are always too close together for my stumpy, thick fingers. But... man, is that thing gorgeous...:cool:
     
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  3. Jason Harris

    Jason Harris

    Jan 17, 2017
    The only ones I've ever paid attention to are the, Hagstrom hb 8and Hamer 12 string
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  4. ZedLepp

    ZedLepp

    May 12, 2013
    I had a Kramer alum neck 8 string for a while. Nice bass, but heavy.
     
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  5. I had a beautiful Ibanez Artist 8 that I should never have let go. I did get a Hagstrom 8, but I could not get it to intonate and I ended up selling it for substantially less than I paid for it.
     
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  6. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    Might have better results asking your question here?
    the official 8-String (octave courses) bass club
     
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  7. lowendblues

    lowendblues Supporting Member

    Oct 8, 2004
    Ohio
    I played an Alembic series II 8 string back in the day, tough to beat.
     
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  8. Cut the middle

    Cut the middle

    Apr 17, 2020

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