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David Eichelbaum Eight-String

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Dec. 30th, 2005 | 11:15 am
posted by: ivegot_itnow in i_play_ithollow



There's an article about this guitar in the latest issue of Acoustic Guitar Magazine. David Eichelbaum in collaboration with Larry Prichett set out to make a 12 string. Somewhere along the line they stumbled across the idea of making a guitar like This 7 string guitar attempts to recreate the sound of a twelve string by having two g strings, one being a higher octave than the other. I have a chance to play this guitar when I visited the Martin Factory in Nazareth, PA during one of their guitar shows. It was a very interesting guitar, it played very well, but I am not convinced it sounds fully like a 12 string.

This 8 string however may get the job done. I think it's a very interesting concept, to allow lead playing on a guitar that rythmically sounds like a twelve string. I'd be interested in trying out this guitar, but being that it's a private luthier and it costs $7450 I don't think I'll have the chance to do so.

What are your thoughts on this new 12 string-sound-a-like theory?

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from: jtgotsjets
date: Dec. 30th, 2005 08:15 pm (UTC)
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it'll certainly give you some aspects of the 12-string sound. the g and, to a slightly lesser extent, d (which is what i assume this new one doubles?) add a lot to the jangly, chiming sound of a twelve string, but having all the other string doubled i think adds a sort of chorus effect you might not get otherwise.
then again, the advantages of added playability and more audible lower end might be worth it.

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from: ivegot_itnow
date: Dec. 30th, 2005 09:37 pm (UTC)
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yeah, this one adds a higher D.

I think it's a nice idea, and it may improve playability. However, I don't know many 12 string wielding guitarists who would really mind that much if instead of playing one E, when they pick, hitting two. However if lead playing was that important, one could get a Double Neck Ovation CSD225-BCB (http://ovationguitars.com/pics/models/CSD225-BCB_lg.jpg) to fix this problem. It's a lot cheaper ($1700) than both the Roger McGuinn 7 string ($5499) and the David 8 string($7450). I've played it and it's got nice tone, but it's got the same problem as the Gibson EDS-1275, it's awkward.

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from: jtgotsjets
date: Dec. 30th, 2005 10:22 pm (UTC)
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well yea, the point is that its for guitarists that don't want a twelve-string. its a very specialized instrument,e ven more than the double neck.

as for the double-neck, i've played it too and i hated it. i can't stand the tone and it was hard to play and expensive and uuuuugh.
when i get to be a mega-rich rock star though, i'd like to get a double neck and tune the twelve strings to an open tuning and use them as drone strings.

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