#1
Don't tell me there's another string.

I have not had the privilege of playing any 7 string guitars yet, and so I can't help but wonder.

What is the difference between a 7-string and a 6-string aside from there being another string? Ideally what I'm asking is this:

Why, ceteris paribus, would you use a 6-string guitar over a 7 string guitar?
#2
...because it has another string.

seriously.
some players use it to make it easier to play down tunings or just for convenience of not having to move 5 frets down the low E string when they're playing up the neck.
#3
It adds another dimension to scales, but the more common reason is that it allows you to play really drop-tuned power chords without all the flopping and bridge/neck adjustment. That's a very abbreviated response
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Don't tell me there's another string.

But that IS the difference. I mean, you can seriously have two almost identical guitars, one with six strings and one with seven strings, with almost identical pickups, and an almost identical neck and wood and hardware and finish...

The only real big difference I can think of with even identical guitars would be the wider neck of a seven string, which might be more comfortable or less comfortable for certain people to play.

Why, ceteris paribus, would you use a 6-string guitar over a 7 string guitar?

For me, it's the range a seven string allows me. I can hit those lower notes without sacrificing my tuning in fourths, or I can widen my range by inventing tunings with the seven string and allow myself to come up with wider chord voicings I could never achieve on a six-string guitar.

On top of that, I'm one of the people that finds the wider neck more comfortable to play.
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#5
Comfort.
Adequateness for the type of music you play.
If you use drop tunings on a 6 string, having a 7 string would **** up the string note intervals.
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#6
A 7 string allows you to play lower tunings while still having the versatility of standard tuning
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#7
To answer the only question you asked, why someone would use a 6 over a 7 string, the answer is because 6 strings (to me anyways) feel more comfortable. I have pretty small hands, and playing stuff on the 7 string feels a bit awkward and kind of cramps my left hand.
#8
i recently asked to play a seven string at guitar center when i got my new amp. it was kinda cool having the low B in there, but i guess it all comes down to preference. also, some people i know dislike seven strings because they claim its lost the original point of the guitar

but eh, to each his own
#9
Personally if I listened to more seven string bands I might consider getting one, but since i only listen to like 3 bands that use sevens (all of which shred too fast for me at my current level) I couldn't justify owning one.

I think it's cool how you're open to more versatility with a seven though.
#10
well it's one more innit.

you can do 4 string power chords.
you can have a lower octave line on regular chords.
you get another partial octave of soloing notes.

I mean you wouldn't own just a sevenstring unless you were sure that's all you ever wanted to play.
most bands that use sevenstrings also use six strings.
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Added range, you've got a low B but dont sacrifice any higher range to get it like you would drop tuning a 6.
#12
there's 8 string guitars, too.
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#13
there's 10 string guitars too
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lawl i see what you did there.
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#16
there's 18 string guitars, too.




its technically a harp but still.


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there's 10 string guitars too


The only 10 string guitar that comes to mind is that BC Rich Bich guitar... and the top 4 strings are like a 12 string. Biggest can of fail ever. I can't figure out why they didn't make it 7 strings and then just have the top 3 be like a 12 string.

That would blow nut for soloing, though.

I think Meshugga has custom First Act 9 string guitars... or some band does.

I'd get a 7 string for looks. I'd get a C-7 Hellraiser. Lulz.
#20
Quote by r0ckth3d34n
The only 10 string guitar that comes to mind is that BC Rich Bich guitar... and the top 4 strings are like a 12 string. Biggest can of fail ever. I can't figure out why they didn't make it 7 strings and then just have the top 3 be like a 12 string.

That would blow nut for soloing, though.

I think Meshugga has custom First Act 9 string guitars... or some band does.

I'd get a 7 string for looks. I'd get a C-7 Hellraiser. Lulz.


Meshuaggah uses ibanez 8 strings.

im thinking about getting a 7-string

why?

to piss off my brother (a bassist )
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Meshuaggah uses ibanez 8 strings.

im thinking about getting a 7-string

why?

to piss off my brother (a bassist )


I know that. But there's some band that uses custom First Act 9 strings.
#22
With a six string you can use thumb-over chords in the more traditional sense, like Hendrix or SRV. Also, the pickups are going to be different, because to get clarity on the 7th string, you'll almost always need ceramic pickups, which can come off as shrill for higher tones.
Barre chords are also going to be easier on a six string, provided you are going to use every string.

I prefer seven strings though. They add more versatility, and are much more practical in my mind. Plus you can do some funky stuff with chords.
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#23
my baritone pisses off bassists way more then a seven ever would.

that being said..can't wait for my seven.
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#24
Quote by AcousticMirror
well it's one more innit.

you can do 4 string power chords.
you can have a lower octave line on regular chords.
you get another partial octave of soloing notes.

I mean you wouldn't own just a sevenstring unless you were sure that's all you ever wanted to play.
most bands that use sevenstrings also use six strings.

You can play them on a 6-string too.

Like this:
|------------8--|
|-------8----8--|
|--7----7----5--|
|--7----5----5--|
|--5----5-------|
|--5------------|
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#25
Halo guitars make a 10 string guitar called the XSI. They also do some other models in 10 string.

The First-Act 9 strings are weird, and Mastodon come to mind as using, but I don't really know. Meshuggah use Ibanez 7 and 8 strings (6's in the past), and have used Nevborn 7, 8 and 9 strings. I'm pretty sure their Nevborn 8's and 9's went out of tune really quickly. One of them has an 8 string Iceman which is an ungodly amount of badass.

Main difference between 6's and 7's is the neck shape. Being that much wider, it just feels odd. The Ibanez RG7321 (only one I've played) is really thin and flat feeling compared to my other guitars.
#26
Quote by Firewind Raging
You can play them on a 6-string too.

Like this:
|------------8--|
|-------8----8--|
|--7----7----5--|
|--7----5----5--|
|--5----5-------|
|--5------------|


ya but you can't do them with one finger and still solo on the bottem 3 strings
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Halo guitars make a 10 string guitar called the XSI. They also do some other models in 10 string.

The First-Act 9 strings are weird, and Mastodon come to mind as using, but I don't really know. Meshuggah use Ibanez 7 and 8 strings (6's in the past), and have used Nevborn 7, 8 and 9 strings. I'm pretty sure their Nevborn 8's and 9's went out of tune really quickly. One of them has an 8 string Iceman which is an ungodly amount of badass.

Main difference between 6's and 7's is the neck shape. Being that much wider, it just feels odd. The Ibanez RG7321 (only one I've played) is really thin and flat feeling compared to my other guitars.


Might want to steer clear of a Halo. Heard a few horror stories about their stuff in my time.

To the OP,

The most immediate difference between a 6 and 7 is the thickness of the neck. I'm playing an 8 now, and 6s feel like mandolins to me.
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I know that. But there's some band that uses custom First Act 9 strings.



you are thinking of the guys in Mastodon.
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Quote by AcousticMirror
ya but you can't do them with one finger and still solo on the bottem 3 strings

You could use a drop tuning and play a 3-string power chord with one finger. Also, you can always solo on any string
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#30
I'm shocked no one has stated that 7 string guitars have a longer scale than most 6 strings. It does make a difference in how it plays. Other than that... yeah extra notes for downtuned stuff and the same as has been said already.
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I'm shocked no one has stated that 7 string guitars have a longer scale than most 6 strings. It does make a difference in how it plays. Other than that... yeah extra notes for downtuned stuff and the same as has been said already.


Schecter 7s have 26.5" scales, which works fine so long as you stay in B standard. On the two I've owned, when I dropped them to A standard I ran into intonation problems.

I don't think I'd go w/ anything less than 27" on a 7 if I planned on tuning to anything lower than B standard.
#33
7 string guitars have bigger necks, therefore, bigger frets. This makes it easier for shredders like myself. I've owned my 7 string for about 2 years, and I love it more than anything.
#34
Quote by onemanarmy9
I'm shocked no one has stated that 7 string guitars have a longer scale than most 6 strings.


Some do, some don't, depends which brand and model you go for.

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You may as well ask what the difference is between red and green, other than that one is a different colour. The 7th string is the difference.
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#36
Quote by Firewind Raging
You could use a drop tuning and play a 3-string power chord with one finger. Also, you can always solo on any string


dude. wut. gah.

6 strings in drop d = dadgbe
= 1 finger power chord in 1 octave.
7 strings in drop d with bottom a = adadgbe
= 1 finger power chord in 2 octaves.
= CRAZY DELICIOUS
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