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

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by EBassR, Jul 30, 2020.

  1. EBassR


    Nov 23, 2014
    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

    Mar 5, 2013
    South Bend, Indiana
    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


    May 12, 2013
    I had a Kramer alum neck 8 string for a while. Nice bass, but heavy.
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  5. dannylectro

    dannylectro Supporting Member

    Aug 2, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    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
    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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