#1
Hi! This is my first post, but I've been reading on this forum for about a year now. I'm a high schooler in a an alternative/ noise rock type 5 piece. We have two guitarists (sometimes three if our singer wants to play), a bassist, a drummer, and a singer. I'm trying to be more experimental with our sound. I'd like to be able to reach lower notes that a standard guitar. I'm need to decide between 3 instruments; A Squier VM (with an octave pedal), a Squier Bass VI, or an Ibanez 8 string tuned drop E. I'm not too worried about brands either. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks!
#2
1) you're probably best off with an instrument designed for lower notes. The bass, an ERG (any guitar with 7+strings), or a Baritone would be your best options. As a guitarist, I'd probably opt for a baritone first (no need to alter technique), then an ERG, then a bass.

2) how does the bass player feel about you stepping into his sonic territory? Too many instruments in the same space could get muddy & cluttered.

3) that said, I love octave pedals! I have a couple octave up, octave down and octave fuzzes. They can add a lot of character.
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Last edited by dannyalcatraz at Sep 27, 2016,
#3
dannyalcatraz
Thanks for such a fast reply! Our bassist is normally just keeping the rhythm while id be doing more melodic or lead parts
#4
since its more about experimenting at this point why not get an octave pedal and use it with your existing guitar, I don`t see the need to buy another guitar just to use with the pedal. Then if you don`t like it you can try a baritone 6 or a 7 or 8 string guitar.
#6
Some better than others.

I like the Catalinbread Perseus Octave-Fuzz



But maaaaybe the Morpheus Divebomber would work better for your purposes...


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#7
no mention of a 7 string any reason? just my opinion but perhaps you need to concentrate on the lower mids instead of invading the bass players territory. i'll freely admit that I don't really understand the modern need to play the guitar in the bass range. a well blended band will sound heavier in the long run than a bunch of guys all fighting for the same range.
#8
monwobobbo
I mostly play clean with reverb and delay, so sounding heavier isn't the main objective but that option would be nice
#9
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monwobobbo
I mostly play clean with reverb and delay, so sounding heavier isn't the main objective but that option would be nice


well guess that goes to show how much I know about Alt Noise rock
#10
Knowing your limitations is a virtue!
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#11
guitars are midrange instruments. don't intrude on the bassist's range.
#12
guitars are midrange instruments. don't intrude on the bassist's range.
#13
Have you thought about diving into another instrument? A synth or keyboard? The sky is the limit and in a band full of stringed instruments you can really stand out with something different. Adding another guitar just seems like overkill to me. I've never been a fan of more than 2 guitars and a bass player. Anymore and it just gets too blended for me.

EDIT, i read the OP wrong. I assume you are already one of the two guitar players?
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Last edited by DirtFarmer at Sep 28, 2016,
#14
DirtFarmer
Yeah I'm one of the guitarists, but trying out keyboard would be great if I had more than basic training on it. Maybe I should start taking lessons
#15
Screw that!




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