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Old 2005-07-20, 23:23
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8 String Guitar

So the other day i was sitting around listening to "I" by Meshuggah when i realize, hey, they do a pretty good job with an 8 string guitar so maybe i should try it out. So now comes my question, does anyone know of a place to buy an 8 string guitar? Preferably 500-600 maybe 650. But, i started out as a bass player so i am a pretty big fan of the low end. I looked and MF and Music 123 and they seem to only have 7 strings so im not sure where else to look. The only problem is, i dont know if there will be any in my price range, but if you can, go for it. Thank you.
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Old 2005-07-20, 23:38
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I'm pretty sure you have to get them custom made. so, that will be expensive.
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Old 2005-07-21, 00:13
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Thats all I've ever seen too. Custom made 8 string guitars. I don't think there is a really big demand for anything more then 7 strings so good luck finding a stock made one.
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http://www.hamerguitars.com/?fa=series&sid=201 <<< huh? huh? hehe naw...12 string bass...
I don't know anyone who makes 8-strings in mass production...check Ebay maybe...good luck
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Old 2005-07-21, 04:40
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That would probably be only a custom made one, and it'll be much more than 500-600. Good luck.
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Old 2005-07-21, 06:24
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Yesterday I ordered my new 8 string guitar from conklin. For that price range your are setting you will never find an 8 string guitar.... I looked too for cheaper guitars but didn't find any... so I went with custom made....
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Old 2005-07-21, 08:50
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Damn What are the specs and how much did it cost if you don't mind me asking?
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Old 2005-07-21, 08:57
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you should make one in shop class out of particle board and sheet rock
or like...a tissue box a paper towel roll and some rubber bands
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lol 4200 dollars goddamn
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The Bold parts is what I have chosen:

Body Style:
Sidewinder - NC
Crossover - NC
Custom Body Style - $ Contact us for quote

Body Construction:
Bolt On Neck - NC
Neck-Through-Body - $1000
Hollowbody - $1200

Please note that the Hollowbody construction is only available as a bolt-on neck.

Fret Number:
24 Frets - NC
28 Frets - $120
36 Frets - $200

Scale Length:
24 3/4" - NC
25" - NC
25 1/2" - NC
Multi-Scale / Fanned Frets (22 3/4" - 25 1/2") - $300
Multi-Scale / Fanned Frets (25" -27 3/4") - $300

Player Orientation:
Right Handed Instrument - NC
Left Handed Instrument - $100

Body Wood:
Alder - NC
Basswood - NC
Butternut - NC
Cherry - NC
Dragonwood - NC
Koa - $200
Mahogany - NC
Maple - NC
Poplar - NC
Spanish Cedar - NC
Swamp Ash - NC
Walnut - NC

Top Wood:
No Top - NC
Birdseye Maple - $300
Burl Maple - $400
Buckeye Burl - $500
Cocobolo - $300
Curly Maple - $300
Figured Bubinga - $400
Figured Cherry - $300
Figured Koa - $500
Figured Purpleheart - $300
Figured Redwood - $400
Figured Walnut - $500
Lacewood - $300
Quilt Maple - $400
Spalted Maple - $400
Wenge - $300
Zebrawood - $300
Ziricote - $400

Melted Top - $1200 (See Note)

If you are ordering a Melted Top, the price quoted is for standard 3 and 5 piece patterns. For a custom Melted Top (Existing special editions or new designs), please contact us with the idea for a quote.

Top/Body Options:
Show neck woods on neck-through-body - NC
Full width top on neck-through-body - $200
Flat top - NC
Carved top - $200
Wood pickguard (specify wood) - $300
3-D relief Carving - Please provide artwork for quote

Neck Woods:
Solid Maple (6 string guitars only) - NC
Maple/Purpleheart (Standard on all 7-9 string guitars) - NC
Maple/Bubinga - $200
Maple/Walnut - $200
Maple/Wenge - $200
Wenge/Bubinga - $400
Wenge/Purpleheart - $400
Yellowheart/Purpleheart - $400
Yellowheart/Wenge - $400
Zebrawood/Wenge - $400
Zebrawood/Purpleheart - $400

Fingerboard:
Birdseye Maple - $100
Bubinga - NC
Cocobolo - NC
East Indian Rosewood - NC
Figured Bubinga - $100
Gabon (Black) Ebony - $200
Macassar Ebony - $100
Pink Ivory (When available) - $300
Purpleheart - NC
Quartersawn Hard Maple - NC
Wenge - NC
Melted Fingerboard - $600 (See note below)

Exotic Wood Fingerboard Binding (specify wood) - $200

If you are ordering a Melted Fingerboard, the price quoted is for standard 3 and 5 piece patterns. For a custom Melted Fingerboard (Existing special editions or new designs), please contact us with the idea for a quote.

Inlays:
Conklin "off sides" dots - NC
Side dots only (no inlay on front of fingerboard) - NC
Centered and side dots - NC

For custom inlays - we'll require the design, material and location(s) for a quote.

Headstock:
No cap (Show neck woods) - NC
Headstock Cap (match top) - $100
Headstock Cap (match fingerboard) - $100
Melted Headstock Cap - $300

If you are ordering a Melted Headstock Cap, the price quoted is for standard 3 and 5 piece patterns. For a custom Melted Headstock Cap (Existing special editions or new designs), please contact us with the idea for a quote.

Pickups:
Conklin Custom pickups - NC
Seymour Duncan pickups (See note) - NC
DiMarzio pickups (See note) - NC
EMG pickups (See note) - NC

Conklin Custom pickups available for guitars with any number of strings. Please note that Seymour Duncan, DiMarzio and EMG pickups are available for 7 string guitars. Seymour Duncan "Custom Shop" pickups are available for 8 strings, but there may be an additional charge. Bartolini pickups are no longer available.

Electronics:
Active non-tone preamp gain boost - $100
Coil Tap Switch - $30
3-way Switch - $30
5-way Switch - $40

Options for knobs and layout will be discussed at time of order.

Piezos:
Piezos - $60 per saddle/string

MIDI Electronics(requires Piezos):
RMC Polydrive and 13 pin output - $400

Bridge:
Hipshot fixed bridge - NC
ABM Individual bridge/saddles - NC
Tune-o-matic style - NC (Not available for 8 or more strings)
Non-locking tremolo and Sperzel locking tuners - $250
Locking Floyd Rose-style tremolo and Sperzel locking tuners - $350

On guitars with 8 or more strings and fanned frets you are limited to having 8 individual bridge/saddles at no extra charge or having us hand-mill a custom bridge plate. There is a minimum $500 upcharge for a custom compensated hand-milled bridge. Custom tremolos have a minimum $1500 upcharge.

Tuners:
Gotoh - NC
Hipshot - NC
Schaller - NC
Sperzel - NC
Hipshot De-tuner - $100 per string

All tuners are standard.

Hardware Color:
Chrome - NC
Black - NC
Gold - NC
Satin Chrome - NC

All hardware colors are standard (when available).

Finish:
Polished clearcoat over natural wood - NC
Satin clearcoat over natural wood - NC

See-through Cellophane Stain (only on light colored woods):
- Ruby red - NC
- Sapphire blue - NC
- Emerald green - NC
- Amethyst purple - NC
- Black-cherry - $100
- Black-n-blue - $100
- Black-n-green - $100
- Black-n-purple - $100

Basic Opaque colors (Red, White, Black, Blue, Green, Purple) - NC
Sunburst (yellow, orange and red) - $200
Tobacco-burst (red, brown and black) - $200

For custom colors, metallics, custom mixes, Candies, metal flakes, Custom Airbrushing - please contact us with your idea for a quote.

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The price I dont want to state here

changes in the specs are made in the future during the building process
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Old 2005-07-21, 09:19
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Cool guitar! 28 frets... wow! What does a melted fretboard and headstock look like?

Also I seen you got the tune-o-matic bridge but it said it was not available on 8 string models. I didn't know if you had noticed that or not.
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Old 2005-07-21, 09:28
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Cool guitar! 28 frets... wow! What does a melted fretboard and headstock look like?

Also I seen you got the tune-o-matic bridge but it said it was not available on 8 string models. I didn't know if you had noticed that or not.



thank you.... can't wait to get it!

the melted fretboard looks similiar to this http://www.conklinguitars.com/bizar...nedfretmelt8jpg

the tune o matic bridge was my mistake.... bolded the wrong thing....
Non-locking tremolo and Sperzel locking tuners
I guess that was my choice..... but have still much time to decide

what would you change with the specs?
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Thats gonna be one bad ass intrument!
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I think the woods and hardware are all great choices. The only thing I would suggest different would be the bridge. They say they would mill a custom trem bridge for $1500, but I know I would get a Kahler trem.

Kahler USA will also make you a custom bridge to spec if you ask them, but I have no ideal how much it would cost. I ( as well as many others ) consider Kahler to be the best trem bridges ever made.

Edit:That and I would get a Flying V body shape with everything black... so black, lol
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I think the woods and hardware are all great choices. The only thing I would suggest different would be the bridge. They say they would mill a custom trem bridge for $1500, but I know I would get a Kahler trem.

Kahler USA will also make you a custom bridge to spec if you ask them, but I have no ideal how much it would cost. I ( as well as many others ) consider Kahler to be the best trem bridges ever made.

Edit:That and I would get a Flying V body shape with everything black... so black, lol


haha alright..... I'll them that with the bridge,.....

thanx man!
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i think 8 strings for a guitar (or more) is kind of rediculous. i mean, the 7 sting was cool, and a good idea, but, like zertonshfits once said, if you want to get that low of tunings, just quit and play bass. but then again , i do like meshuggah...
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i think 8 strings for a guitar (or more) is kind of rediculous. i mean, the 7 sting was cool, and a good idea, but, like zertonshfits once said, if you want to get that low of tunings, just quit and play bass. but then again , i do like meshuggah...

See, i do play bass and that is the thing, i want a guitar because i like the high end and the soloing capabilities n such (not to say you cant solo with a bass, i love primus) but i also love the bass so i want an instrument that covers a large spectrum. and there is no way i can get a custom, it took me about 8 months to get this $400 i have now man...i suppose i may just have to settle for a 7 or just wait till im gettin some more dinero and get an 8 then...thanks anyways guys

or i could go the custom route, i could make one...i mean i have the stuff to do it but...so my new question is, does anyone know where i could get 8 string guitar pickups/bridges/necks? I can do the body myself, i have access to a plotter (a huge printer to print the outline of the body i want) and i have access to the power tools necessary. But getting the other parts i need might be pretty expensive. Well, any help would be appreciated, thx

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man ive always wondered how much fun a 24+ fret guitar could be
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Buy a baritone guitar, and tune it down to F ( that's Meshuggah's lowest note on their 8 stringers ). It will feel like a standard six string guitar tuned down to A ( I've down this before, and it does indeed work ).
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Buy a baritone guitar, and tune it down to F ( that's Meshuggah's lowest note on their 8 stringers ). It will feel like a standard six string guitar tuned down to A ( I've down this before, and it does indeed work ).


That is an alternative, altough you miss the high end for the soloing
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