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  • beaubrummels
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    Originally posted by ArtieToo View Post

    Funny you mention that. "Quiet Afternoon", from the "School Days" album, was the first thing I thought of when I saw the thread title. Great song.
    My first thought was Tom Peterson in Cheap Trick. I'll have to lookup Manowar to hear their usage.

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  • alex1fly
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    8 string sounds really fussy to me. Cool I suppose if you want to devote a lot of time and probably money into a unique instrument. I'd rather have a solid 4-string bass that I could play normally, with an octave doubler pedal, and with a whammy pedal to get you up an octave. More flexibility that way.

    Especially if you don't have a bass currently, I'd definitely push you towards getting a regular bass and then doing weird stuff with pedals. A regular bass will serve you forever, while an 8 string bass will fill its niche but won't do a good job as a regular bass. I can see parts of a song benefitting from the octave doubling... but personally I'd want to enable and disable that effect.

    Coming from guitar, a regular 34-35" scale bass can seem big, but you'll be surprised how quickly you can adapt. Just play the thing for a couple of days, give yourself time to get used to it and your hands will remember what they're supposed to do.

    Mentioned this in another thread, but I have a Squier Bronco bass (30" short-scale) and it totally rocks. Sounds every bit as good as my Fender P bass in a band setting. Build quality isn't as good, but the intonation is great and the tone is solid. Getting made-for-short-scale strings made a lot of difference here (they have different tension ratings than regular bass strings). Easier to get around on coming from guitar. But again, if you're rocking a 7-string guitar now, you're already used to bigger necks, so I'd be confident that you could make the switch to a full scale bass. Something like a Jazz Bass will have a smaller neck than a P Bass.

    Piccolo basses are another niche, sort of random instrument. Cool because they're different, but not terribly practical. Again I'd point you towards a regular 4 string bass, and you can put piccolo strings on there at any time.

    So if it were me, I'd get a 4 string bass, an octave doubler pedal, and then see if that met my needs.

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  • Clint 55
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    I was thinking that also. If you want trebly maybe stay with regular scale. Let us know if you go with 4 string or 8 string.

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  • formula73
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    I generally think of short scale as kinda thuddy with a strong fundamental. I don’t hear what you’re describing, at all.

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  • greekdude
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    i'll check out this song. thanx Aceman and Mincer and ArtieToo , hey Clint 55 I dont have no bass, only a 25.5" 7-string guitar

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  • Aceman
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    Jolly is the expert here I think...

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  • Mincer
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    Stanley certainly had a weird bass tone, but it worked for him.

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  • ArtieToo
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    Originally posted by Mincer View Post
    This is interesting, and something I know nothing about (other than Stanley Clarke using such a thing).
    Funny you mention that. "Quiet Afternoon", from the "School Days" album, was the first thing I thought of when I saw the thread title. Great song.

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  • Clint 55
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    I think it's a really bad ass sound. Should sound good whatever you go with. Do you already have a 4 string bass you can set up treble-y? Then you can focus your efforts on the 8 string for the new one?

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  • greekdude
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    Originally posted by Clint 55 View Post
    Why do you want paired strings and picolo? Then it's not a bass anymore, it's just a uke lol. Just use light gauge strings for the strings in the proper bass octave and have the paired strings be picolo.
    thnx I didnt mean all of those attributes at the same time. I meant the kind of "treble-ie" basses, like in Manowar. What I think I like most is 8-string, in a configuration as you said, 4 standard bass + 4 guitar-tuned (1 octave up ).

    But I think that short scale e.g. 30" and standard bass tuning + one good octave pedal (1 octave up), would do wonders.
    Last edited by greekdude; 11-06-2020, 10:42 AM.

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  • Mincer
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    This is interesting, and something I know nothing about (other than Stanley Clarke using such a thing).

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  • Clint 55
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    Why do you want paired strings and picolo? Then it's not a bass anymore, it's just a uke lol. Just use light gauge strings for the strings in the proper bass octave and have the paired strings be picolo.
    Last edited by Clint 55; 11-05-2020, 08:35 AM.

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  • 8-string (4 pairs), picolo, short scale basses , ppl share your thoughts

    what I got in mind is early manowar sounds/tones.
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