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Senior Member
Username: serialnumber12

Post Number: 662
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Sunday, January 24, 2010 - 12:20 pm:   Edit Post
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 694
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Sunday, January 24, 2010 - 12:55 pm:   Edit Post

I say _____play it on your lap and do hammer on's and pull off's with all 10 fingers !
Advanced Member
Username: eligilam

Post Number: 234
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Sunday, January 24, 2010 - 3:41 pm:   Edit Post

Even more outrageous ones here:
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1817
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, January 25, 2010 - 2:09 am:   Edit Post

I wonder if Alembic have made any basses like that monstrous sized 12 stringer on the home page?
Also what kind of music would demand an instrument like this?

I would hesitate to call it a bass guitar because it looks like the range reaches as far outside of the bass spectrum as it does in it. Maybe something like a hand held fretted piano or a fretted harp would be more appropriate.


Advanced Member
Username: eligilam

Post Number: 235
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Monday, January 25, 2010 - 4:23 am:   Edit Post

Most of the stuff that I've seen is two-handed tapping piano-like music like you surmised.
Senior Member
Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 645
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Monday, January 25, 2010 - 7:06 am:   Edit Post

I don't know about the Baudin, but I've seen an assertation that Michael Adler's 12-string bass has the same range as a grand piano. I'm with you, JV - I'm not sure what to call it, but "bass" doesn't seem right.

Intermediate Member
Username: slawie

Post Number: 157
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Monday, January 25, 2010 - 2:53 pm:   Edit Post

You can also iron your shirts

Senior Member
Username: briant

Post Number: 407
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Monday, January 25, 2010 - 3:14 pm:   Edit Post

Those extended range instruments are interesting and obviously take a lot of dedication to master. I rarely hear anyone do anything with them that makes me want to even give it a second listen though. Tony Levin and Trey Gunn being the two major exceptions to this.
Intermediate Member
Username: the_jester

Post Number: 135
Registered: 12-2009
Posted on Monday, January 25, 2010 - 3:33 pm:   Edit Post

People say I have an obsession with my bass, but damn this puts me to shame...

"I got to add another string, yeah... that's right -- I'll do just that... NO, I'll add three more strings.. NO..." :-)

Peace and Love,

Senior Member
Username: hydrargyrum

Post Number: 747
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Monday, January 25, 2010 - 6:05 pm:   Edit Post

I generally agree with Brian. I rarely find the music most people make with these sorts of instruments interesting, except when I can see the incredible acrobatics they go through playing them. One exception I can think of is Charlie Hunter. To be fair, he's only playing with seven strings now, down from eight, but he's definitely worth a listen.
Intermediate Member
Username: otis

Post Number: 150
Registered: 10-2008
Posted on Monday, January 25, 2010 - 7:48 pm:   Edit Post

6 or 7 is more than enough, for me. But I have a great respect for those that play them well- my friend, Gary Jibilian is another example of an ERP (Extended Range Player) that is well worth checking out- he plays NS Stick. I think the "Extended Range" Basses as they're called are the bass player's answer to Chapman Sticks- if you think about it, that's all they really are- a great big Chapman stick that you can play finger-style and (possibly!) slap. Interesting, but straying away from the very idea of a bass, I think... but what do I know- I've gone from 4 to 6, to 4, and back again to 6. The purists would argue that anything beyond a 4 isn't even a bass- if that's the case, then what the hell are all of us multi-stringers playing?

Here's a link to Gary's page, give him an ear, he's really interesting...

Peace All;)

Senior Member
Username: hb3

Post Number: 455
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 11:42 pm:   Edit Post

You have to play those tapping style, right? I don't see how you could reach the lower strings holding the neck in the traditional manner....

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