That's an interesting point, as I'm seeing myself going from one who believed he would never own or play a Stick [as I had the Warr and two M.Megatars, and here I am suddenly getting an email from Cambria at S.E. stating that Emmett is completely on board with the custom tuning that I have selected for the used 34 in scale Stickbass 8 that will be coming my way probably late summer early fall.
That particular instrument really excites me I think because it is less strings and the bass side is the standard Classic tuning of 5ths C, G, D, A, while the melody side is standard electric bass tuning of E, A D, G, so two very familiar and useful tunings which I will have fun with like no tomorrow.
I doubt - in fact, I know that I will never be good enough on Stick to self accompany myself, but then again - that's not why I bought the Stick[s]...
I do love my Ironwoods, been playing #1855 a lot now - and even though I broke the high D, which oddly enough so did the last owner, and so did I also with the replacement high D he gave me - that I used his position # 2 string in position # 1, and tuned it by ear - and wound up settling on the same pitch as position # 3 because I was not about to break another string !!
But where I'm going with that is 10 strings is a whole lot of strings, and I saw no reason why position # 1 the high D that keeps breaking could not be something else in the mean time till that gets sorted out....
Then there's that crazy Ibanez I just got, wow is that thing changing my way of playing, 7 strings, 3 fretless 4 fretted... astonished nobody else ever thought of this sooner.
There's something to be said about custom instruments, especially when they work out 😉 😉 😉
***8 Octaves, I'd love to know more about your 7 string bass from the mid 70s, that must have been one amazing instrument***
There's a guy I came across named Anthony Syme, as I have one of his 5 string extended scale fretless basses that he made, and believe me when I say it's like none other, I have a .160 tuned to A below B, and the tension is super tight due to the severe headstock angle.
When I told him how I was setting it up [3 bass, 2 melody...] sorta like a Chapman Stick, he immediately turned me on to a luthier/builder out in Colorado who apparently was building instruments so out there they did not even have names !!
I would have loved to see the original Warr guitars which were supposedly so massive they had to be played on top of tables or drum stands..........
Big George W
East Derby CT
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