Watch: Here's What a 15-String Bass Sounds Like

"The tuning for this bass should be: D# G# C# F# B E A D G C F A# d# g# c#."

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Watch: Here's What a 15-String Bass Sounds Like

In his recent video, Davie 504 rocked a 15-string bass.

The musician explained:

"The tuning for this bass should be: D# G# C# F# B E A D G C F A# d# g# c#, but I tuned it in a different way to make it easier to play this tune."

You can check it all out in the embedded player below.

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    I hate these Youtubers and their need to look retarded in every thumbnail for their videos
    Unfortunately the best musician won't get any audience unless people are drawn to them in the first place.
    Why would someone show off a 15 string bass and only play the first 8 strings???
    And on top of that just play stuff you could easily play on a standard 4- or 5-string, loop that and play a guitar solo on top.
    Would have been nice to hear the lowest strings. Also, that thing is crazier than 6 bags of shit.
    Yabba Who
    He says in the video description the sounds the lower strings make are too low to be heard.
    I like this guy...seen some of his other vids and he always manages to lay down a really nice groove 
    I've seen this bass a few times. There's something wrong with it that the strings don't line up properly.
    Yeah, it's a weird instrument. The headstock says KnE Guitars, but from what I can make out it was actually built by a company called Tennessee, who've apparently built several joke instruments like this. It doesn't seem to be a serious attempt at making a playable 15 string bass, but who knows. It uses single-string bridges, but only has 10 of them for 15 strings. The highest string hangs off the fretboard past about the 5th fret. The 12th, 13th and 14th strings are so close together that they're still rubbing together at the 3rd fret. When the 15th string is under tension it hangs over the side of the neck, etc. Even if you could reach to fret them, they don't have room to vibrate without rattling against the strings either side of them.