Strings for the Hagstrom HB-8 bass
(also fits "Vintage" Hagstrom H8 basses)
Hagstrom was the world's first instrument manufacturer to offer an
electric eight string bass, which quickly spawned many
multi-stringed bass rivals. The bass was only manufactured between
1967 and 1969, where a total of 2,249 were produced. The strings
were set in pairs, each being tuned an octave from each other. The
bass was built to be played like a regular four string bass
providing a luscious, large tone. It was of course possible to tune
in 5ths or in many other intervals.
There are very few instruments which have influenced classic rock
music quite like the Hagstrom eight string bass. The bass was
famously used by such players such as Jimi Hendrix and Noel Redding.
These instruments were purchased by the band in 1967 during the
band's American tour. Noel Redding then used the bass on their 1967
album Axis:Bold as Love, prominently on the tracks "Spanish Castle
Magic," "You've got me Floating" and "Little Miss Lover".
After quitting a tour with The Monkees, the Jimi Hendrix Experience
had a few weeks off for themselves. Jimi then hung out with his old
band mates Curtis Knight and the Squires. Needless to say, they
jammed and recorded some famous, and rare tracks during those
sessions. These tunes featured Jimi Hendrix on guitar, with some
wah-wah fuelled psychedelic tracks, while also playing a Hagstrom
eight string bass on some tunes. We at Hagstrom are pleased to offer
you premium strings for your newly produced Hagstrom HB-8 bass and
for the original classic as well.
HB-8 8 String Long Scale 15-95 Nickel Wound String Set Gauges:
1st G [.040]
2nd G [.015]
3rd D [.055]
4th D [.025]
5th A [.070]
6th A [.040]
7th E [.095]
8th E [.055]
Brand Hagstrom Guitars
Type Bass Guitar Strings
1 Year Warranty
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