Are 8 strings dead?

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    Multiscale is literally the best of both worlds when done properly. You can retain a longer scale for a clearer sounding F# (or lower) and still have viable, less bright/tight high strings to shred on than if you had a straight scale. Swapping pickups is really the only big issue with multiscales imo, and nowadays there's a number of boutique builders willing to do custom pickups or rewinds if need be.
     
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    For the most part it felt pretty normal, but there were a couple riffs or licks I found damned near impossible to play on my old Dingwall. That, and as a guitarist, anything I can't put a trem on is a guitar I don't want.


    ....that may be the real issue here, the lack of decent 8- and 9-string trems. :lol:
     
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    :shrug: floyd rose finally makes 8 string trems but I can't really comment on if they're any good, since I've never really liked floyds.
     
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    Yeah, but that would essentially mean no multiscale. And you're a dirty commie heathen, you Floyd-hating godless scum. :squint:
     
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    Floyds are good for locking into place and using the fine tuners. Kahler knows this and put a pin the back of the bridge so you don't even have to buy any extra hardware to turn it into a hard tail.
     
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    And thus begins the 3rd hardtail crusade of 2018
     
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    I might still be able to ban you, you know. :lol:
     
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    Convert or die, you trem loving infidels
     
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    Im in the process of redoing my collection to have all my guitars with trems. I even sold my last two personal Kiesels because they were hardtails.

    Also just to point out, I can block my hipshot trem extremely easy which turns it into the exact same thing as a normal hipshot hardtail. CHECKMATE!
     
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    i quite enjoy that you slay his argument with a literal "hipshot"
     
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    an electric guitar without a floyd is an incomplete electric guitar (non-locking trems are only halfway there)
     
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    might as well be acoustic. heh.
     
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    Because large companies have many other concerns. ESP or Ibanez have dealers all over the world. They would need to make large enough numbers of a guitar to be worth it, so of course they're going to play very safe. You're really lucky that they make ANY multi-scale 8 strings. It's already niche. Once you start putting crazy finishes on them, the appeal is even less. They will go away because almost nobody is buying them.

    And, as others have said, if we're honest, very very few people play things on an 8 that you couldn't play with a 6 or 7. Almost nobody uses all 8 strings in one song. Going 0 00 000 1 00 on the low F# doesn't require an 8. I think people might also be waking up to that fact.
     
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    can anyone here who works at a music store confirm if they are selling less 8 strings (or 7s) this past year compaired to previous years?
     

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