9 String

Name: 9 String Guitar.
Type: Chordophones > Lutes > Guitars > Extended > Range.
Hornbostel Sachs No#: 321.322.5
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 style of 9 String guitar expands on the seven and eight-string guitar concept by adding either an additional lower or higher-tuned strings. When a lower string is added, the standard tuning becomes C# / F# / B / E / A / D / G / B / E. The scale is often lengthened, e.g., on the Ibanez RG9 [712 mm / 28″ instead of the common 25.5″]. Tuning the highest string to an A4 or higher can be accomplished with a shorter scale length and/or a thinner string such as a .008 or .007

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