My 10 string piccolo slide bass.....

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My 10 string piccolo slide bass.....

Post by martyforrer » Wed Dec 10, 2014 12:00 pm

Man, learning this thing is a mission! :lol: 10 strings, three pedals and three knee levers.... aaaarrrgggghhh!!!
Decided to concentrate primarily on the 6 string one initially so I can get up to speed playing it in the Cabin Fevre band.

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Re: My 10 string piccolo slide bass.....

Post by cjj » Wed Dec 10, 2014 4:51 pm

Yeah, they ain't easy, are they?

I've got a 26 string version, pre-pedals & levers though...
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Re: My 10 string piccolo slide bass.....

Post by Antz » Wed Dec 10, 2014 8:40 pm

That just blows my mind ! :shock:

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Re: My 10 string piccolo slide bass.....

Post by martyforrer » Thu Dec 11, 2014 7:03 am

Wow CJJ, that's a beautiful guitar! What tunings have you got? Would that be dated 1950s?

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Re: My 10 string piccolo slide bass.....

Post by cjj » Thu Dec 11, 2014 4:06 pm

That's a 1960 Rickenbacker Model 768 Console Steel. It's got "Stringtone" tuning changers on the two 8 string necks, one allowing switching between C6/E7/C7, the other for C#/E/A. These are a cam action device that does something like what pedals and levers do. RIC actually made a few pedal steels, but I've never seen more than a few pictures. I'd LOVE to have one though!

The 768 is currently taken apart for a bit of repair work, so the 10 string neck has NO tuning. :roll: :lol: What with the move to NZ, I haven't had a chance to get back to it.

Now, my other steel is a bit flashier, a 1958 Rickenbacker Model 708 Console:
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Tunings on that one are almost a bass range:
Near neck: A C E G A C E G
"Jerry Byrd" classic C6 tuning with added lower A and upper G. The low A is tuned to 55Hz, same as a bass guitar A.

Far neck: B A C# D# F# A C# E
This is an A6 tuning with lowered bass.

No, I don't really know what I'm talking about here, it's just stuff I got off the 'net while trying to figure out how to play these things. I'm not any good yet, but I'm havin' fun!
:oops: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: My 10 string piccolo slide bass.....

Post by pins » Thu Dec 11, 2014 5:36 pm

Wow !!!!
I have never seen anything like those Rickenbackers cjj ! Stunning ! whether you can come to grips with them or not,what a score. 8)
Digging the lavish chrome and woodgrain,they look expensive,well made and both are older than me,but in a lot better shape.

really don't know what else to say about you guys and your "zimmer frames" :) without running the risk of wrongfully sounding offensive :wink:

no doubt I will just have to get one too

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Re: My 10 string piccolo slide bass.....

Post by cjj » Thu Dec 11, 2014 8:57 pm

Zimmer frames...
:shock: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: My 10 string piccolo slide bass.....

Post by Mr Bass Man » Thu Dec 11, 2014 9:09 pm

.... and that's why I play a 4 string.... any more strings and it will confuse this 40 something bass player LMAO! :lol: :lol: :D :mrgreen:
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Re: My 10 string piccolo slide bass.....

Post by martyforrer » Fri Dec 12, 2014 7:14 am

Those RICs are beautiful. Actually, they're stunning! I've got my lap tuned CEGACE with the multibender lifting the top E to F and the top C to C#. The pedal steel is standard E9 with three pedals and three knee levers. I just discovered that with the right combination of pedals and levers I can play all the chords of a harmonised scale with the bar in one position, except for the 7th. If I had another pedal I could get that too. I've got a spare pedal, I might add that later on.

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Re: My 10 string piccolo slide bass.....

Post by martyforrer » Fri Dec 12, 2014 7:15 am

pins wrote:Wow !!!!
I have never seen anything like those Rickenbackers cjj ! Stunning ! whether you can come to grips with them or not,what a score. 8)
Digging the lavish chrome and woodgrain,they look expensive,well made and both are older than me,but in a lot better shape.

really don't know what else to say about you guys and your "zimmer frames" :) without running the risk of wrongfully sounding offensive :wink:

no doubt I will just have to get one too
That's OK Pins, we're used to you being offensive! :lol:

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Re: My 10 string piccolo slide bass.....

Post by cjj » Fri Dec 12, 2014 9:27 pm

Meh, no offence possible. Being offended is a personal choice...

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Re: My 10 string piccolo slide bass.....

Post by cjj » Sun Dec 14, 2014 5:06 pm

martyforrer wrote:Those RICs are beautiful. Actually, they're stunning! I've got my lap tuned CEGACE with the multibender lifting the top E to F and the top C to C#. The pedal steel is standard E9 with three pedals and three knee levers. I just discovered that with the right combination of pedals and levers I can play all the chords of a harmonised scale with the bar in one position, except for the 7th. If I had another pedal I could get that too. I've got a spare pedal, I might add that later on.
So, what sort of music are you playing on 'em?

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Re: My 10 string piccolo slide bass.....

Post by martyforrer » Tue Dec 16, 2014 9:08 am

I'm not playing any music yet.... just making a lot of noise that sends the cat running for cover. However, once I come to grips with them I will use the lap in my Americana band Cabin Fevre, just for a few numbers, and the mandolin player will play my double bass.... he doesn't know it yet! The pedal I will use for a few numbers in my country rock band Borderline. I've just learnt Sleepwalk on the lap, not for the band, just for something to learn. :)

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