I notice a lot of guitarists nowadays getting ERG's. Seems like a lot of people are getting 8 string multiscale guitars in particular. Why is it that it doesn't seem like anybody extends the range on the high end as well as the low end? I get the whole Dent thing.....but can't you Dent on a Low B or a Low A as well? I found a Dean RC8FF on amazon of all places for $2200......I thought is was a great deal so I pulled the trigger. The it has a 25.5"-23.5" multiscale setup on it. I tune it A-D-G-C-F-Bb-Eb-Ab. With the 23.5" scale on the treble side and a .007 D'addario string I can easily tune to Ab and do full step bends. I really enjoy the fingerings I can get with the High Ab string as well...... not necessarily the higher pitches but being able to access the higher notes lower on the fingerboard.
Do you think if a production 8 string guitar with a Low B or A and a High A string were available it would be as popular as the Low F# version of the 8 strings that are available nowadays? Makes sense to me but it doesn't seem to be a big concern for those ERG players that are buying the instruments.
Wirelessly posted (Wondernuts)
Well if you're going for higher notes, typically you get that from extended fretboards as such highly tuned strings tend to break so easily. A 7 string guitar was cool as it allowed extended chordal things and play lower notes yet still hit all the high notes on a 24 feet neck.
High tuned erg's will always be a niche I reckon.