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#1
ok really i want to buy an 18-string bass.
any one ever have any experience with them or any ideas?
#3
where are you gonna buy it at?
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I dont think i ever seen a multi octave bass that goes higher than 12 strings in a production model, but if you have the cash you could probably get one custom made.
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#5
if you're buying one for the novelty of having 18 strings.. i wouldn't bother
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where are you gonna buy it at?



More importantly, how the feck are you going to play it?
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#9
i've seen a guy called mario bartone or something play a 12 string bass but i've never heard of an 18 string one
#10
i don't know why people get basses that have more than 6 strings
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It'll just be to make people say 'Wow that dude's playing a one million string bass! That means he must be good'
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More importantly, how the feck are you going to play it?


not really that difficult, as you can see in the pic, it's essencialy a 6 string bass but with 2 octave strings for each main string.
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#17
I believe the guy that owned the 18-string bass was named Alan Woody. It was more of a gag bass, and it's purpose was to show off how bloody tough graphite necks are. It's essentially a 12-string bass with low B and high C. I don't think there's really a point to that bass other than to say 'ooh, ooh, look how many strings I have!'. The sheer width of the neck would make playing in position very difficult. If you're dying for all those notes, tune a 12-string BEAD. You're not going to be soloing much past the 15th fret anyway.
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#18
yes that is true. i guess i'll just goahead and build another one.
probably a 5 or 6-string(maybe)
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I believe the guy that owned the 18-string bass was named Alan Woody. It was more of a gag bass



Yeah, I think he just wanted to win a pissing contest, I can't imagine they're that fun to play really.
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#21
I think when you get up to the point of having 18-strings, you have a problem, and need to seek professional help right away.
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#23
Honestly, I think it would be smarter to get a double neck with one neck bass and the other guitar.

But that's just me...
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Good luck finding strings for that 2nd harmonic.

I want a 12-string and I'd tune the first thin string to a 5th instead of an octave; instant power chord!
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Good luck finding strings for that 2nd harmonic.

I want a 12-string and I'd tune the first thin string to a 5th instead of an octave; instant power chord!


I'll just ask this guy!
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(yes, triple octive!)
#28
What a waste of time having 18 strings!
Surely any more than 5 or 6 is a complete waste.
Whatever happened to the good old 4 string basses? Everyone seems obsessed now with loads of strings. Keep 4, that's all you'll ever need.

(OK maybe 5, sometimes)
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#29
Unless you actually need that many strings (which I can say with confidence you don't) don't waste your money. Buy a sexy six string instead.

Besides, that ridiculous amount of strings makes a bass look stupid.
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What a waste of time having 18 strings!
Surely any more than 5 or 6 is a complete waste.
Whatever happened to the good old 4 string basses? Everyone seems obsessed now with loads of strings. Keep 4, that's all you'll ever need.

(OK maybe 5, sometimes)


You have absolutely no idea what the point of a 6+ string is, do you? Much less a 12-string... are 12 string guitars a complete waste, too?
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Is the TS talking about an ERB or an multi-octave bass?
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NO YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO ONLY PU THROUGH BASS THOUGH A BASS GUITAR EVER PERIOD OCTIVE STRING ARE TOO GUITAR LIKE AND JAZZES ARE TOO GUITAR LIKE GARRR TREBLE AND MIDS ARE EVIL THE BASS IS JUST A GIANT SUBWOOFER FOR THE BAND AND BASS DOESN'T HAVE TONE AND GARRRR

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#34
i think they should make an 18 string bass individual strings....ok not really but it'd be cool to look at.... i guess you'd play it like this.

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#35
18 strings. i wonder how much a restringing would cost?

1 standard 6 string set. maybe $60?

plus 12 single strings at around 8$ a piece (if you could find it?)

thats approximately $156 per restringing.

give or take on string brand and the price of singles..
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#36
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i don't know why people get basses that have more than 6 strings


Because basses with sets of octave strings sound wicked. Famous users include Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam and David Ellefson of Megadeth.

Threadstarter, I've played many 12 strings and absolutely loved them. If you want an 18, go for it, but be prepared to take out a second mortgage

EDIT:

And it seems that loadsa people are thinking the TS is talking about an 18 string bass strung

BEADGCFA#D# etc.... he means strung BbbEeeAaaDddGggCcc. They're bloody nice, don't knock them till you try them. They play exactly the same as a normal bass, but you get a nice eastern style ring to them. I really don't understand the hate towards multi stringed instruments.
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#37
Cort used to be good for that kind of thing, so did Ken Smith. In fact I think Cort used to list double and triple 4's and 5's as special order items in their catalogue years ago. Sounds like fun tho! Good luck, and keep your osteopath sweet...
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(to dodge the warning, if you are REALLY that stupid, that, my dear freind, is sarcasm)


i dunno, it might just be a bit too much of a joke for the mods...
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#39
18 String bass? Would that be tripling the octaves on a 6 string bass? BEADGC

Never heard of it being done though..
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