Magazine article Guitar Player

Eight Is Enough for Cooley

Magazine article Guitar Player

Eight Is Enough for Cooley

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"It's not that I feel I've exhausted all the possibilities of a standard guitar," says renowned shred maestro Rusty Cooley of his decision to play an 8-stringed Conklin Sidewinder. "But the added versatility of an 8-string suits my style better. I've always been an aficionado of classical piano and violin, and the additional low-B and high-A strings allow me to explore the range of those instruments."

Additionally, Cooley notes that an 8-string guitar offers the possibility of accessing multiple octaves without major fretboard gymnastics. "If you want to play a three-octave G major arpeggio on a 6-string, you have to travel from the 3rd fret of low-E all the way up to the 15th fret of high-E. On the Sidewinder you can nail it all in the eighth position! This is particularly advantageous to me because I play a lot of sweep-picked arpeggios that lay nicely across the fret board."

Cooley's instrument sports a swamp ash body, a combination lacewood/wenge/figured-maple top, an ebony fretboard; and a combination of EMG and piezo pickups. …

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