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Where to go for an 8 string bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by waytoodeep03, Aug 22, 2005.


  1. I am talking a real 8 string not that octave stuff. Anyone have any recommendations? Looking to stretch my wings a little further.

    Also if you have some pics of 8 strings that would be good also.
     
  2. Jackbass

    Jackbass

    Dec 19, 2003
    Paris (FRANCE)
  3. pointbass

    pointbass Semi-Retired Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2004
    Acworth, GA
    Endorsing Artist: FBB Bass Works
  4. Aj*

    Aj*

    Jun 14, 2005
    West Yorkshire, UK
    www.jerzydrozdbasses.com

    Whilst he doesn't list more than 7 strings, one of his current projects is a 10 stringer so he'd be quite happy to make an 8 string custom.

    The site will be updated within a few weeks he says.
     
  5. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    As you wish... ;)

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    L to R

    Conklin Sidewinder 8 string
    Cherry body w/ spalted maple top
    Bolt-on maple/bubinga neck w/ macassar ebony board
    Conklin signature pups w/ Demeter 3 band preamp

    Stambaugh Designs 8 string
    Swamp Ash body w/ burl maple top
    Maple/purpleheart neck through w/ wenge board
    Aero pups w/ Bartolini 3 band preamp
    Review here.

    Conklin Hollowbody 8 string
    Hollow dragonwood body w/ red sparkle finish
    Bolt-on maple/bubinga purpleheart bound neck w/ maple board
    Conklin signature pups w/ Demeter 3 band preamp

    Incredible instruments all!!
     
  6. pointbass

    pointbass Semi-Retired Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2004
    Acworth, GA
    Endorsing Artist: FBB Bass Works
    Mark,

    maybe it's just the angles on the picture, but the Stambaugh body looks like it's smaller than the Conklins. Is it?, and if so, do you find the size difference an issue?

    That Stambaugh is a fantastic looking bass (not that the Conklins are slackers ;) )
     
  7. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    It is smaller. It's also somewhat thinner than the spalted Conklin too but I've had no issues because of it. I find myself these days reaching more for the Stambaugh than the Conklins. Not because the Conks are in any way inferior, but because the Stammie is so much lighter.

    Right now I'm in the process of modding the Conks. I'll be changing out the hardware (bridge and tuners) to black on the spalted one and going to get the hollowbody modded to 18v operation. Gotta have 18 volts with these things!!
     
  8. elros

    elros

    Apr 24, 2004
    Norway
    Proprietor, Helland Musikk Teknologi
    There was a very nice Conklin 8 on eBay only a couple of days ago.
    Item number: 7343292556
    Didn't sell, appearently. (mostly because I couldn't cough up the cash for it) Perhaps he'll relist.
     
  9. pointbass

    pointbass Semi-Retired Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2004
    Acworth, GA
    Endorsing Artist: FBB Bass Works
    Thanks for the info ..... I'm a big guy and sometimes those slightly smaller bodies just don't seem to fit my size right. I'll be on the hunt sometime in the next few months or so for a single cut 7, and that Stambaugh has always caught my eye .... :cool:
     
  10. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    I'm a big guy too and it doesn't look disproportionate.

    Yes, Chris does stellar work. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
     
  11. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    That bass looked HEAVY!!!

    Solid purpleheart top!!!

    :eek:
     
  12. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    More pics

    Friendly neighborhood moderator, John Turner's Conklins:

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    Stew McKinsey's Conklin and Bee:

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    Mark Robert's Stambaugh (inspiration for mine):

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    Yves Carbonne and his Noguera 8 string

    [​IMG]
     
  13. Phalanx

    Phalanx

    Apr 4, 2005

    I got a question (don't worry, im not an ERB basher, i play a 6er) what reason do you have for owning three 8 strings? do you collect basses or do you like having expensive toys or what, why do you have three 8 strings? i mean surely having one is enough, or two, one fretted one fretless but three??? :hyper:
     
  14. bassjigga

    bassjigga

    Aug 6, 2003
  15. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Yes...




















    Just kidding.. :p

    I have three because I like them and that's what I wanted. Plus each one has its own voice, even the Conklins despite the fact that they both have the same pup/pre set-up. I don't think I'll be getting anymore though. Lately I've had some joint / arthritis problems resurface caused by some injuries I sustained in a car accident. But even if a time should come where I couldn't use them full time anymore I'd still keep them.. Use them on occasion, you know... ;)
     
  16. Phalanx

    Phalanx

    Apr 4, 2005
    seems like a valid reason, I wonder what reason that guy who has 20 something Yamahas all the same in different colours has for owning them
     

  17. I like that one. what is that?
     
  18. That looks like a peavey tl-6 i sold on ebay item #7320985917
     
  19. A modded Conklin GT-7.