9 String Guitar

Name: 9 String Guitar.
Type: Chordophones > Lutes > Guitars > Extended Range.
Hornbostel Sachs No#: 321.322.5
Tuning: C# F# B  E A D G B E
Scale Length: 647 mm / 25.5 inch “common”.
Country: Many, USA.
Region: Many, USA.

Description: A nine string guitar is any guitar having 9 strings instead of the commonly used 6 string guitar. The first type of 9-String Guitar, is often employed with three pairs of coursed strings similar to a twelve-string guitar. Often the three wound strings are single and the three thin strings are doubled to six strings. Some examples of this type of nine-string guitar are the Vox Mark IX and the Vox Phantom IX.

The second type of 9 String Guitar expands on the concepts of the seven and eight string guitar. When a lower string is added, the standard tuning becomes C# / F# / B / E / A / D / G / B / E. The scale length of 9 string guitars just as their six string counter parts. The scale is often lengthened for example; on the Ibanez RG9 / 712 mm / 28” inches instead of the common 25.5” inches. Tuning the highest string to an A4 or higher can be accomplished with a shorter scale length and or optionally a thinner string such as a .008 or .007 can be used.

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