8-string acoustic? (semi 12-string)

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  1. AJBaker

    AJBaker Friend of Leo's

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    Saw a cool Ibanez acoustic guitar in a shop the other day:

    It's basically a normal 6-string acoustic, but with octave strings for the G and D strings, giving 8 strings in total (4 on either side of the headstock).

    It plays pretty much like a normal guitar, but with extra richness from the two octave strings, giving it a bit of a 12-string sound, but with easier tuning and playability. Also, it has the octave notes you need for a bunch of Byrds songs like Mr. Tambourine Man, or Turn Turn Turn


    I don't think I need this guitar since I already have nice 6 and 12-string acoustics, but I think the idea is really cool! I could see this being a great guitar for a singer/strummer.

    Anyone else ever come across this kind of guitar? What do you think?
     
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    I recall 20-25 yrs ago Martin made a gtr for "Mr. 12 String,"

    Roger McGuinn:

    It had 7 or 8 strings.
     
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    When you said 8-string acoustic I immediately thought of Javier Reyes.

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    What you described in the post then is nothing I've ever even heard of.
     
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    I remember hearing of a 9 string guitar from a friend.
    Top 3 pairs, bottom three singles.
    I’d really love to play one, although not even sure it exists.
     
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    https://www.andertons.co.uk/acousti...s/second-hand-ibanze-ael108md-string-acoustic

    One of these? I remember the McGuinn guitar just having an octave G which does instantly get you into the realms. That ibanez looks like an interesting thing to try, but I kind of wonder why it's better than a full 12 string?

    Tuning a 12 string is no where near as ardous as everyone makes out, changing the strings is annoying, but not a daily problem. And as for playabilty, some of the best necks I've played are 12 strings, as they're wide enough to get all the strings in, so they keep the back profile nice and thin for grip.
     
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    It did indeed exist, and my ex-brother in law had one. His was an Alvarez (possibly Alvarez Yairi) from the late 1970s or early 80s). I played it a couple times. Pretty cool guitar.
     
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  7. AJBaker

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    Yes, exactly that guitar.
    I think it's a cool concept!

    Arguably, those two strings give the most effect in making it amount like a 12-string.
     
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    Electric 9 string with D, G and B doubled

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    I suppose my experience is different to alot of peoples, because I play 12 string rhythm guitar. So I really enjoy all of the extra texture. However, if I was playing lead, I get what you mean, the octave G is the 12 string "sound"
     
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    I use my Epi 12 string acoustic with just 8 or 9 strings. I play a lot of alternating bass and I don't like the bass string octaves. The single E and A (D) strings add a little more definition to the bass lines, IMO.
     
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    Vox was pretty famous in the 60s for their 9-strings... (and yes, I want one!)

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    Taylor made an 8 string baritone for a while. A friend owns one. I've never heard him play it. It would be totally a one trick pony.


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    Taylor does a nine-string acoustic. I haven't gotten my hands on one yet, but it sure makes the case for being easier to play than a 12-string while still providing just about all of the chime.

     
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    Alvarez makes one too if I’m not mistaken. Seems like a fun concept
     
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    John Mayall used to use a 9 string - doubled up the top three
     
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    Don't forget the 10 string BC Rich Bich.
     
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    Big Joe Williams, of course, played a 9 string generally fashioned from Harmony and Kay flattops and archtops. He doubled the high D, B and middle D strings and played in Open G tuning. By 1964, Spider John Koerner was playing a seven string which started life as a 1920s Gibson L Series to which he added a banjo tuner and an octave G string.

    I know somebody who owned one of the Alvarez Waylon Jennings 9 string guitars. It was stolen though so I never did get a chance to even see it.
     
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    I came across a Taylor like that. It was cool!
     
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