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Why do I want an 8 string?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jaybones, Dec 25, 2016.

  1. jaybones

    jaybones Banned

    Mar 4, 2015
    Kelleys Island, Ohio
    Is it just gas, or are they really as sweet playing as a 12 string guitar compared to a 6?
  2. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
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  3. PunkNerve

    PunkNerve Fender Guitar and Bass Historian

    Apr 24, 2016
    If you want it, you need it. That's the TalkBass logic. ;)
  4. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    Because of that incredible "Thrwang" when you sweep the pick. Why else?
  5. Jaco Taco

    Jaco Taco

    Jul 30, 2012
    I've owned an 8-String Ric for almost 30 years. They are great for chords if you like playing chords but they also make riffs sound huge.
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  6. jaybones

    jaybones Banned

    Mar 4, 2015
    Kelleys Island, Ohio
    @Bob_Ross Exactly! I already have 3 four stringers (12?), so adding an 8 would make sense. Would I then have 20 strings in the lower range?
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  7. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    One of my Best. Sounds. Ever. was achieved by using a cardboard mailing tube on my 8-string. Sort of like a cross between Tony Levin's Funk Fingers and the bow one uses to play a berimbau. Talk about "Thrwang"!
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  8. Hamish MacCleod

    Hamish MacCleod Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2014
    South America
    Multi-course basses rock! Just do it.
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  9. GKon

    GKon Supporting Member, Boom-Chicka-Boom

    Feb 17, 2013
    Albuquerque, NM
    I've owned an 8 string for many years and love it. I've also gigged it a few times. Great, full sound and not hard to play at all.
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  10. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    You don't need any reason to get an 8-string bass. You only need a reason if you're not going to. ;)

    (With apologies to Jennifer Jason Leigh.)
  11. Aidil


    Dec 4, 2014
    Jkt, IDN
    8 = 2 x 4 stringer (octave)? I say go for it since apparently you want one.

    Had few chances of buying either the Schecter or ESP LTD 8 stringer but didn't happen since I'd be lost without the low B.

    Don't know why is there (almost) none 10 stringer (2 x 5 stringer - octave) in the market... Even here on TB seems only very very few who own one.
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  12. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    Yes it's just GAS and and they are really much better compared to a 12 string guitar. trust me.
  13. Dug2


    Sep 24, 2011
    seems tuning and stringing would be a pain (that coming from a guy with 3
    6string basses)
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  14. Rockbobmel

    Rockbobmel Supporting Member

    I bought a Dean 12er about 15 years ago. I swapped out the 4 fundamental strings with flatwounds and left the rest round wounds. We played "Jeremy" in that band.

    Recently been learning a few Bad Company songs and I think I can use it in 2 or 3 ofem.
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  15. skygzr


    Feb 23, 2015
    Southeast US
    I had one for years, lots of fun to play. They take up LOTS of room so they don't fit in all sonic spaces. Someone described the sound as a "dinosaur eating cars".
  16. bearfoot


    Jan 27, 2005
    Chittenango, NY
    Band name of the day.
  17. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    Don't worry, I used to have (+/-) 15 six srtrng basses 10 years ago.
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  18. FingerDub

    FingerDub Banned

    Jan 8, 2016
    That girl gives no message or facial expression that would make anyone think you should have both. Worst meme ever.
  19. I had one for a while. Did some recording with it and played it live only a couple of times. It was just too heavy for my back and to hard to play for my short stubbie fingers. If you do not have these maladys then I suggest you get one and play it for me anyway, lol.
  20. I think they are cool instruments and there's a few songs played on a 8 that I really like. I'm more into using octaves and dirt pedals to fill space instead though. Just my personal preference for the band I'm in. We're a one guitar band and I'm really into one guitar bands like muse, rage against the machine, Tool, Chevelle and so on where the bass player uses pedals. If I one day decided I didn't want to use pedals anymore I'd probably sell them and buy and 8 string lol

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