#1
If I got a 7-string, would I never have to down my other 6 strings down or something?
Every time I talk about detuning, everybody says to get a 7-string, which is why I'm curious of this.

Thanks for any help.
#2
The seventh and lowest string gives you a low B.

So if you tune anywhere between low E and B, you wouldn't need to down tune.
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#3
If you're detuning to B standard and beyond, then yes. For tunings like Drop C and D, then you'd either need to detune you 6's or capo your 7. It's important to note that a 7 string in B will sound different from a 6 in B. The 7 will sound somewhat "tauter" while the 6 will sound more loose.

This is of course a generalisation
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If you're detuning to B standard and beyond, then yes. For tunings like Drop C and D, then you'd either need to detune you 6's or capo your 7. It's important to note that a 7 string in B will sound different from a 6 in B. The 7 will sound somewhat "tauter" while the 6 will sound more loose.

This is of course a generalisation

I'm not being a d*ck here, but I think that, judging by his initial post, most of what you said is probably way too complicated for him.
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If you're detuning to B standard and beyond, then yes. For tunings like Drop C and D, then you'd either need to detune you 6's or capo your 7. It's important to note that a 7 string in B will sound different from a 6 in B. The 7 will sound somewhat "tauter" while the 6 will sound more loose.

This is of course a generalisation

Well, you can compensate. Thicker gauge strings and a different EQ on your amp make all the world if you intend to stay in B Standard on a 6
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#6
Don't forget that getting a baritone might be a better option for you. Six strings but you can still tune low because it has a longer scale length.
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#7
I'd only get a 7 if you were tuning to B standard or lower. Another option if you don't want a wider neck it to get a baritone which are tuned to B standard.

If you're only down tuning to Drop C or something like that then there is no need for an extended range guitar.
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#8
Well, I just want one guitar that will work with each tuning without having fret buzz. I figured I could do that if I didn't have to tune my 6 strings down at all, but I didn't see how you would play (for example) drop C songs if that was the case.

Barring the fat strings for rhythm riffs in drop C songs*
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Every time I talk about detuning, everybody says to get a 7-string

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Well, I just want one guitar that will work with each tuning without having fret buzz. I figured I could do that if I didn't have to tune my 6 strings down at all, but I didn't see how you would play (for example) drop C songs if that was the case.

Find the root note and play it on the seven string. For example, on the Low B, everything played on the B string would be one fret higher than tabbed - it's a half step lower. You'd just be playing a traditional power chord instead of doing it with one finger. For higher strings, you'd just need to invert some shapes or have a more mobile fret hand. I hardly ever use drop tunings anymore, in fact.
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