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Old 01-29-2013, 07:04 PM   #1
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6 String to 7 String

I'm thinking about trying to get a fairly cheap 6 string off of craigslist and do some modifications to it. Something that I'm also thinking about doing may be to try to turn it into a 7 string.

Do you think this sounds stupid or would this be doable?
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:14 PM   #2
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No you cant do that.

The neck is not wide enough
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:16 PM   #3
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Depends on the width of the neck... and you would need a new nut, and new bridge. Im not sure about pickups, i assume they have 6 poles at the minute. I have seen 7 strings with both 6 and 7 poles... but i reckon its doable.

*awaits someone with more knowledge and experience*

Also... what guitar is it?
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:20 PM   #4
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Depends on the width of the neck... and you would need a new nut, and new bridge. Im not sure about pickups, i assume they have 6 poles at the minute. I have seen 7 strings with both 6 and 7 poles... but i reckon its doable.

*awaits someone with more knowledge and experience*

Also... what guitar is it?

7 string necks are much wider than any 6 string I have ever seen
It will not work.

Buy a cheap 7 string
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There you go. What other mods are you considering?
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:34 PM   #6
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I would just try to get an Ibanez RG7321 used. I frequently see them on CL and eBay for $150-$250. Great starter seven string.
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:59 PM   #7
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Well I was thinking about really getting something extremely cheap. Maybe around $50, to practice stripping and repainting. And I thought if I'm getting something really cheap to do that I might as well try doing some other things as well that might require cutting into it.

I was thinking I would get a guitar with a strat body and then maybe cut the body to fit a wider neck in, and maybe enlarge the pickup cavities and bridge. In my mind it seems doable.

I would probably get the RG7321 if I just wanted a 7 string, but my main goal is to just do some mods.
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:04 PM   #8
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Well I was thinking about really getting something extremely cheap. Maybe around $50, to practice stripping and repainting. And I thought if I'm getting something really cheap to do that I might as well try doing some other things as well that might require cutting into it.

I was thinking I would get a guitar with a strat body and then maybe cut the body to fit a wider neck in, and maybe enlarge the pickup cavities and bridge. In my mind it seems doable.

I would probably get the RG7321 if I just wanted a 7 string, but my main goal is to just do some mods.

You can try that, but a diecent 7 string neck will cost as much as a 7 string cheapo

Most (not all) 7 strings are longer than yor typical 24.75/25.5 scale lenghts out there so the bridge would be out of place, the neckpocket would also need to be altered to fit the neck which will be quite difficult if you dont know what your doing
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Well I was thinking about really getting something extremely cheap. Maybe around $50, to practice stripping and repainting. And I thought if I'm getting something really cheap to do that I might as well try doing some other things as well that might require cutting into it.

I was thinking I would get a guitar with a strat body and then maybe cut the body to fit a wider neck in, and maybe enlarge the pickup cavities and bridge. In my mind it seems doable.

I would probably get the RG7321 if I just wanted a 7 string, but my main goal is to just do some mods.


new pickups, new bridge, new neck, most likely new head. Seems like a lot of work and you could buy a cheap agile for the price of those parts alone
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:11 PM   #10
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Alright, thankyou. So I'm not going to try to do the 7 string thing haha. Thanks again
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:17 PM   #11
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I hate to see someone talked out of modding anything, but I"ll have to agree with everyone above..
keep in mind that if you score a cheap 7 string, you can definitely still tear it all apart and mod it to your heart's content
Just starting off with something that's already a 7-string would save you a ton of time as well as money
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