View Full Version : This has e-mandocello potential

May-15-2004, 8:21am
Here's an interesting Hondo oddity:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws....me=WDVW (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=2384&item=3723940294&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW)

The seller says it has a 30" scale. I've been thinking a shortscale 8-string bass tuned a whole step or minor third below mandocello would be the ultimate rhythm instrument for *heavy* metal. It could even be tuned to mandocello pitch with the right string gauges.

Anyone ever tried tuning a shortscale bass guitar in fifths? I remember someone mentioning the idea 'round these parts, but I don't think anything came of it.