Octave Guitar History
I started combining bass strings and normal acoustic guitar strings on the same instrument during the early 2000’s. By February 2004 I had permanently converted his standard Dreadnaught acoustic to take much thicker gauge strings at the bass end. The thin strings remain at guitar guages, ranging down to a standard Bass-Guitar low E sixth string.
This development process would not have happened without Rotosound strings Chairman Jason How. Jason has kindly made several unique sets of strings over the years that are impossible to buy in the shops. Newtone Strings have taken over making my custom strings since they don't also have to spend their time gadding around the globe Chairing a big company like Jason does, it was always a wonder to me that he fitted me in. Newtone Strings are doing a fab job now.
Gary Burton helped me give the Octave Guitar a louder and higher quality sound in 2014. Gary filled the old pin holes and cut a new saddle slot allowing for a proper saddle and boy did it sound better than my old heath-robinson job! After fine-adjusting the saddle height and intonation, the note accuracy and tonal quality became markedly better and made for greater sensitivity and dynamic range. I'm so glad I took the risk with two weeks to go before my video at Hugo's studio, the sound to noise ratio reached it's best ever level as you can hear from the studio microphones.