#1
I'm currently using an entry-level 6 string LTD M-50, and I'm looking to upgrade to a Chapman guitar (like the Rob Scallon signature) but there's two models, and one of them is an 8 string....so, it got me thinking, does having 8-strings drastically effect the tone of a guitar, even if the specs for the 6 string are identical? I know I'm a massive guitar noob and I've only recently started getting into the gear side of things, so I'm sorry if this is a total noob question.
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#4
Not counting the extra two strings, an 8 string typically has a longer scale length (distance from the saddles on your bridge your strings go over through to the nut they rest on in the cut out slots just before the head stock).
This will typically give the guitar a brighter sound due to the harmonics or overtones or something the strings produce along with the initial fundamental note. I don't know the science behind it, just that it does.

If someone that knows the scientific part chimes in, they could explain it.

Basically the shorter scale of the 6 string version will sound like it has a bit more low end, while the 8 string would sound like it has less.

The longer scale helps intonation on the low strings, so can't really live without it
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In my experience, no. Of course, the lower strings has a unique tone to them, and you may want to control your tone on the bridge pickup, but it is generally in your strings. If you wanted to compensate for this, if it were a problem for you, you could have a multi-scale guitar - these are typically fan-fret guitars. Typically they keep your thin strings on a short scale and your wound strings on an exponentially longer scale. Generally speaking I would suggest that you have at least 27 inches scale length. 28 is even better.

If you are fairly new to guitar I would suggest that you try playing an 8 string first, and focus on using strings 2 through 7 - in real life, it's unlikely that you would use just the F# if it were your working axe. There's some adjustment needed due to how much room we usually give the low E string on 6 stringers - you don't have that room with the 7th and 8th ones in the way.

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There is a sort of tangential problem with tone in eight strings - you have less choice in pickups if you want to change them.

I have an eight string lap steel, which I use as a six string with two double courses. The extra strings are a pain in the sitting part, though the double courses add an interesting tonal texture.
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There is a sort of tangential problem with tone in eight strings - you have less choice in pickups if you want to change them.

I have an eight string lap steel, which I use as a six string with two double courses. The extra strings are a pain in the sitting part, though the double courses add an interesting tonal texture.


That problem is slowly diminishing as more and more companies are starting to offer ERG pickups.
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Guitars are tools (some guitarists are tools, but I digress), and depending on what you do, an extended range guitar might be the best tool for the job. Or because you want one. That said, because of the number of strings, the neck is going to be different than a 6 stringer. If you want to do AC/DC and classic rock, an ERG doesn't make sense. Prog metal like Animals as Leaders, yeah, 8-string makes sense.
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#15
I think anything than a 6 string guitar is usually an overkill if you have a bassist that you want to give some parts to play...unless you get a bassist with a 6 string then you should be fine, you can do sub-bass stuff that an elephant can really jam to as probably only elephant's hearings go that low.

An 8 sounds definitely different compared to a regular guitar, the lower strings sound more like a distorted bass.

There's a reason why guitars have had 6 strings for a very very long time...but don't let that stop you.

I have a 7 string guitar and am begrudgingly using it in a new band I just joined

Seriously though - with good songwriting and arrangement, I think even a 7 string guitar would be excessive, but you won't have to downtune if you want to play C# or C tuning so that's the way I see it as being useful, an 8 string - if you do standard tuning will be
F# B E A D G B E
which is just ridiculous, especially under heavy distortion, I can see going to B but low F# just doesn't make sense.

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