I know I'm new so don't flame me for this poll. This has got to be the best board around. In the past few weeks that I have been following this board I have learned 1000 times what I could learn here on the streets of West Virginia. The thing that has suprised me most is the desire to be or the owners of 6, 7, and 8 string basses. My Friend Dave Pomeroy answered it best in this Q&A. What is the advantage (if any) in a 6 string or 7 string bass? I can see a clear advantage in a five string, but not in these others. I have even seen pictures of a 10 string which looked much more trouble that its worth. -----Ted Fifes Dave's Answer Hi Ted. Great question. It all depends on what you are trying to accomplish with the bass. The 5 string made a lot of sense because it expands the range of the bass downwards, which was a reaction to keyboardists extending their lower register. 8 and 12 strings are different because the fundamental notes are the same, with the addition of high octave strings, one per note on a 8 and 2 per note on a 12. I often play these with a pick. The 6 and 7 are primarily for those who want to play above the 'normal' bass register. I often jokingly refer to them as "get you fired" basses! I used them on my record as guitaristic solo instruments, but I rarely if ever bring them to recording sessions unless it is a VERY unusual project. To me personally, the 7 makes as much or more sense than the 6, because at least you have 2 extra strings as opposed to one, which seems like an invitation to disaster, especially as it is usually tuned to an high C. I have experimented with different tunings on the 7 which give you a little more flexibility. Having said all this, I have seen a number of bassists do amazing things with 6,7 and 9 string axes, from total slap madness to chords/ walking bass simultaneously. Again it all depends on how you hear the bass and what you want to do with it. Hope this helps... Good Luck, DP My question is, How many of you are sitting on your couch on Saturday nite playing your 6,7,8, etc string bass while others are out paying the bills and very happy with 4 strings. EDIT: While they may seem a little unrelated, my point is that sometimes rather than just playing we spend too much time thinking "I wish I had one more string" or "I really need 1000 more watts" or "If the grain on my top was deeper, I would sound better". My example of 6, 7, etc.. string basses was taken from my situation where reading this board was causing me GAS for one. Until a couple of weeks ago when I got to play a seven and I realized, why in the world would I need that. I just wanted to spark discussion on why we do what we do. Not to put down anyones choices. Kinda like the guitar player in my band. He has purchased at least 15 amps in the past four months. I can't tell if he is on some quest for the perfect tone or plain ol' collecting amps. I think his wife wants to send him to a psychiatrist to find the answer soon too.