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Help with a 8 string octave bass

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    Hey im new here but Im curious if anyone has any info on how to make a
    8 string octave bass. For those who don't know what it is. Its a bass with both bass and guitar strings. im not sure if i need bass pickups or not. Since its a bass i think it needs bass pickups. but im curious if anyone can help.

  • #2
    Have you read Melvyn Hiscock's book "Build your own electric guitar"?? In the book he shows how he builds an 8 string bass guitar. I think he uses regular bass humbuckers for it.


    • #3
      Here's one I made some years ago:

      I used P-bass pickups, because at the time DiMarzio Model P's were popular. I later rewound them to low impedance for a better tone.

      I wouldn't use guitar pickups. I find the more hi-fi the bass pickup, the better the tone on an 8-string. The original model P's had a harsh midrange when used with an 8-string. Another thing I discovered was that the original neck on this bass was a modified Fender style bolt on. later I made my own neck with an ebony board, two truss rods and graphite. This neck really transformed the tone of the bass. It now has more low end, and a more musical midrange. I think the graphite rods really even out the tone.
      Last edited by David Schwab; 10-21-2006, 06:29 PM.
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