A few weeks ago, I entered Guitar Center and saw an odd thing hanging on the wall of the acoustic room: an acoustic guitar with eight strings. I walked over to investigate and noticed that it had a six-string setup (like a normal guitar) but two stings in the middle were doubled with a higher octave string (like a 12-string); also, it was “baritone tuned,” which means that it plays lower notes. I grabbed it and Christine grabbed a normal guitar, and the two guitars made wonderful sounds together. I was in love.
But, I don’t pay $3,000 for guitars. That’s outrageous. So I wondered if I could build one, myself. I considered the cost of adding tuning pins to one of my guitars, but when I remembered how difficult it would be to drill correct holes at the bottom of the guitar for the strings I realized that this project was beyond me – I’m no carpenter.
Then, someone recommended I just buy a 12-string and only string eight of the strings. Why didn’t I think of that? So, I searched Craig’s list and immediately found a nice acoustic 12-string for sale. It was very well priced. It’s worn, and it’s going to need some repairs in the next few years, but it was a great deal. I went home and started stringing it up immediately.
But I decided that eight strings wasn’t going to do it, so I went with nine. I might have the first 9-string baritone guitar. (Of course, I stole the idea from Taylor.) It has a huge sound when strummed because of the low strings (it has a low ‘B’ that rumbles very loudly) and the high strings that resound together like a symphony. I’m in love with my creation. And it sounds good when I run it through my acoustic pedal board. It’s taken a while, but I’m finally crafting the sounds I always wanted to hear.