Stephen Carpenter got a 9-string(!)

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  1. couverdure

    couverdure No Gear Day

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    Taken from this Instagram post.

    I wonder if the new Deftones album will have some low C# riffage in it, and I also find it interesting that it has 9-string Fluences and a teardrop headstock rather than the six-in-line he's known to have.
     
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    Bloody_Inferno Silence is Violence

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    I love the notion that he and Sergio Vega are slowly but surely swapping sonic roles. Sergio's parts are getting higher with the Bass VI and Stef is just getting lower and lower. Personally I think what Sergio's been putting on the table is great.
     
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  3. Vyn

    Vyn Not a Sparkly Vampire Contributor

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    This is actually pretty cool. Really nice looking guitar!
     
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    KnightBrolaire despair ahead

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    woah a 9 string cockstock, that's pretty cool. I still prefer his red sparkle 8 string
     
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    Chino's not going to be happy about this.
     
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    This is so dope! Can't wait to hear some tunes with the 9.
     
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    Cool! Lets hear it on the next Deftones!
     
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    def cool, but what's that black fan fret in the upper left?
     
  9. couverdure

    couverdure No Gear Day

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    It looks like a LTD M-1007 multiscale that appears to be refinished to matte grey.
     
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    This should really be multiscale ...
    Wonder what the scale length is. Looks quite short to me for a 9 string.
     
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    25.5”
    :lol:
     
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    That reverse cock stock really works on a 9. I wonder if we'll get a 9 string Steph sig??
     
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    Reverse cockstock....let me think about it...
    But the overall look is nicely balanced :yesway:
     
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    Now lets get the cockstock on their 8 strings instead of that trash HRF headstock
     
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    I mean, if I was going to spec a 9 out tomorrow I'd probably go for a fan too, but I assume Stef's decades of being a professional ERG player somewhat informed his decisions here.
     
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    budda Guiterrorizer Contributor

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    Me and him both :lol: but time will tell.
     
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    I mean, Stef's decades of being a professional player also somewhat informed his decisions that he needs that middle pickup because "it looks cool".

    In all seriousness, this argument that guitarists with years on the stage automatically have to know how to design/spec a better guitar/amp/pickup/whatever just makes no sense.
    I think Stef just enjoys playing whatever toy ESP gives him and probably has not wasted too much thoughts about multiscale or not. And for ESP not-multiscale was probably easier since they had already built one like that before.
     
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    What is "better" exactly? Maybe something could be subjectively better for a given player, but I wouldn't go further.

    This is just like when folks are shocked that Dino and Tosin didn't use super specialized ultra progressive tension strings and can sound great in drop z on a "too short" scale.

    I never said he could spec something better, just that he probably spec'd something that he felt would work for his needs.
     
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    well, when you reach 9 strings I think putting them on a line would make the headstock jsut a bit tooooooooo long aye :p
     
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    I was skeptical when he went to 8 string, but he's not doing djent chugga chugga on it, so I have faith he'll do right this time as well.
     

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