The ultimate extended range (a traditional approach)

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  1. BryanBuss

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    Over the last few years I have fantasized about having 6 guitars, that cover the entire range of the piano. These guitars would be played by 6 people live, or used in a studio layered with one another.

    The idea is you could compose a bass line and a guitar line, and then double track each an octave up, and an octave down. Then you could mix in the octave performances to liking. Or perform it all live.

    Instruments - left to right (lowest tuned to highest tuned)
    Dingwall Combustion 5
    Ibanez 1998 Sound Gear MIJ
    Ibanez Gio Mikro Bass
    Agile Argus Bass VI
    Godin Redline 1
    Epiphone Les Paul Pee Wee

    Instrument info:

    Basses:

    1) Dingwall Combustion - Sub Contra
    Tuned an octave lower than standard
    E0 - A0 - D1 - G1 - B1
    Scale: 34" - 37"
    Strings: Kalium 182 for the E0

    2) Ibanez Sound Gear MIJ - Standard Bass
    Tuned to standard tuning
    E1 - A1 - D2 - G2
    Scale: 34"

    3) Ibanez Gio Mikro - Tenor Bass
    Tuned an octave above standard
    E2 - A2 - D3 - G3
    Scale: 28.6"
    Strings: Not strung up yet, but will be standard guitar strings EADG.

    Guitars:

    4) Agile Argus - Bass VI
    Tuned an octave lower than standard
    E1 - A1 - D2 - G2 - B2 - E3
    Scale: 30"
    Strings: Ernie Ball Bass VI set

    5) Godin Redline 1 - Standard Guitar
    Tuned to standard tuning
    E2 - A2 - D3 - G3 - B3 - E4
    Scale: 24.75"
    (I will be putting a hexaphonic pickup in this bad boy)

    6) Epiphone Les Paul Pee Wee - Soprano / Octave Guitar
    Tuned an octave above standard tuning (when capo'd fret 3)
    E3 - A3 - D4 - G4 - B4 - E5
    Scale: 19"
    (will eventually be replaced by the Gold Tone GME-6 13" scale)
    Strings: high E5 D'addario NYXL .007


    Range covered: E0 - A#6
    5 half steps lower than the piano, but 14 steps short of the high range of the piano.
    I guess I could custom build and even smaller guitar for the 5 - line Octave? basically 2000 - 4000 hz


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    Now that I have these instruments, I will be working on some pop covers to demonstrate the instruments in a practical way, and then within the year work on the next Jung People album.




    Anyway, I am excited to track a bass line three times over with an octave down + octave up alongside tracking a guitar line an octave down + up.
    In a lot of situations I''m sure the Bass VI, or mikro bass would not be used, but there really are endless options in pairing the instruments together. All while avoiding octave pedals.

    Like a modern way of a string quartet!

    Thanks for reading!
     

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  2. Mangle

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    Interesting concept. I'll be keeping an ear out for some of your finished product.
     
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  4. BryanBuss

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    AH, * Piccolo Bass * , not Tenor Bass as written in my original post.
     
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    What Mangle said.

    Very interesting idea.
     
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    Quiet some interesting Instruments there. Concerning the high end, your pretty much missing 5 half steps. Instead of going shorter scale, why not find a guitar with five more frets?
    Or Find some knowledgable luthier and let him make a new fretboard for the PeeWee. Enough space till the pickup for more than 5 frets there. They are getting close to one another, but the 13" scale guitar won't be better in that regard...
     
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    Now that is a really cool idea, Wow, thanks!

    I'll see if anybody in town could help me out with a new extended fretboard.

    Line that up with some hopeful Garry Goodman strings so I could void the capo, I think I'd be set.
     

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