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Thread #135680   Message #3095587
Posted By: Bee-dubya-ell
15-Feb-11 - 07:55 AM
Thread Name: Anyone play a 'G String Guitar'???
Subject: RE: Anyone play a 'G String Guitar'???
Washburn or Alvarez had a 9-string on the market at one time. I played one in the late 1980s. It had octave strings on the high end, single strings on the bass. I was not impressed, but I can't say whether it was due to it being a bad idea or just a crappy guitar. I'd be interested to see what a real luthier could do with the idea, but it'd have to be with somebody else's money.

If you really want 12-string jingle with punchier bass, it makes more sense to do as GUEST above suggests and just swap out the two-string courses on the bass side of a 12-string with heavier single strings. Then, if it sounds like crap you can put it back like it was without having spent hundreds of dollars.