If You Play 8 String Guitar, Why Not Just Play Bass?

…is a thing that musically ignorant people say on the internet, where no one can smack you in face. Of course that makes no fucking sense – just because an 8 string guitar encroaches on bass territory doesn’t mean you should play a different instrument – that’s why it has 8 strings. A full size 88 key piano covers most of the frequency spectrum of human hearing – why not just play the flute, oboe, hurdy-gurdy, bassoon, baritone saxophone, mandolin…


Any rational person knows this is folly, but people are perpetually making the same comments. So musical scientist Pete Cottrell decided to take one of his 8 string songs and switch the bass and 8 string guitar parts to see if it was really equivalent. I can’t say that he proved the trolls right, but goddamn did it actually sound pretty awesome. I think we can safely put this line of thinking to rest either way.

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As Editor-in-Chief of Gear Gods, I've been feeding your sick instrument fetishism and trying unsuccessfully to hide my own since 2013. I studied music on both coasts (Berklee and SSU) and now I'm just trying to put my degree to some use. That's a music degree, not an English one. I'm sure you noticed.