#1
I've seen a bunch of threads about 7 strings recently, and it got me thinking.

First off, what is the point of a 7 string? Is there a big advantage(s)/disadvantage(s) to them or are they pretty much a 6 string, just an extra string attached?

Second, is it a pretty advanced guitar to use? Or could somebody who's been playing for six months be able to use a 7 string?

Thanks.
#2
Quote by Snowman388
I've seen a bunch of threads about 7 strings recently, and it got me thinking.

First off, what is the point of a 7 string? Is there a big advantage(s)/disadvantage(s) to them or are they pretty much a 6 string, just an extra string attached?

Second, is it a pretty advanced guitar to use? Or could somebody who's been playing for six months be able to use a 7 string?

Thanks.



Its exactly what you said. A 6 string with an extra string and anyone who has been playing can get used to it. Also the point is so you can get those extra low notes. Trust me you can do alot with those notes. Ex: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJ3dV1TGE7c
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mwb8c38lbQE&feature=channel
#3
well you have increased range of notes and you can play some drop tuned songs with out having to tune your guitar all the way down to hell.

They are pretty simple actually. if you kept the guitar in E standard tuning. the extra string would just be a low B so any thing you play on the high b would be the same just two octaves lower I think (no sure how many octaves)

It can make for pretty heavy riffing and monster sweeps.

disadvantages id have to say strings will be more expensive. and a wider neck can be an initial problem for some people.

all in all seven strings are awesome id buy one if I had the cash.
#4
Quote by Snowman388
I've seen a bunch of threads about 7 strings recently, and it got me thinking.

First off, what is the point of a 7 string? Is there a big advantage(s)/disadvantage(s) to them or are they pretty much a 6 string, just an extra string attached?

Second, is it a pretty advanced guitar to use? Or could somebody who's been playing for six months be able to use a 7 string?

Thanks.


Yes, it's pretty much just an extra string on a 6 string but that gives you more notes, more options for chords, more ways of reaching the same notes and more notes accessible to you in one position for soloing. the applications are as limited as you make them.

Someone could learn on a 7 string easily enough, there's no harm in taking one up at any point.
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#5
7 string= 6 string with one more string.

That string is usually a 4th below standard E (B). Therefore giving you a larger range.
As for being an "advanced" guitar...it's not different from how a 6 string plays (just a slightly bigger neck). What you play on a 6 string you can play on a 7. Nothing mysterious or scary about it tbh.
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#6
it IS just a 6string guitar with an added string! If you can play a 6string you'll also be able to play a 7string.

The 7th string provides a wider tonal range, but I've seen many who just use it for alternative chord positioning.

If you go from 6 to 7strings it will require a surden amount of time to get used to the ekstra string, but once you've gotten used to it it'll feel like it have always been there.

In my head, if you ask questions like the ones above you're not ready for a 7string guitar. I switched to 7strings because I knew what I was going to use the 7th string for, and to this date I'm happy that I did the switch


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Quote by TheBloodstained
it IS just a 6string guitar with an added string! If you can play a 6string you'll also be able to play a 7string.

The 7th string provides a wider tonal range, but I've seen many who just use it for alternative chord positioning.

If you go from 6 to 7strings it will require a surden amount of time to get used to the ekstra string, but once you've gotten used to it it'll feel like it have always been there.

In my head, if you ask questions like the ones above you're not ready for a 7string guitar. I switched to 7strings because I knew what I was going to use the 7th string for, and to this date I'm happy that I did the switch


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You can play crushing low-tuning riffs, and play high-pitch solos.
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You can play crushing low-tuning riffs, and play high-pitch solos.
This pretty much sums it up


7s are very simple to play.




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#10
it just gives you that extended range of low notes without sacrificing the high notes like how you would if you were to simply tune down. like everyone else says it's just a 6 string guitar with an extra low string. the only drawback is that you have to get used to it. but if you're not going to utilize the 7th string then there really is no point in buying one.

i don't see anything wrong with buying a 7 string when you've only been playing for 6 months, just make sure that you get to know the fretboard. also here are some good examples using the 7th string:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zl3g8seYy74&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A500rQlIR7k

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKR0RJ7E8Bc (he's using an 8 string in this but you get the idea of how you can use the extended range on a guitar)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TA8iznaPgKE
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Quote by Garlic Owl
it just gives you that extended range of low notes without sacrificing the high notes like how you would if you were to simply tune down. like everyone else says it's just a 6 string guitar with an extra low string. the only drawback is that you have to get used to it. but if you're not going to utilize the 7th string then there really is no point in buying one.

i don't see anything wrong with buying a 7 string when you've only been playing for 6 months, just make sure that you get to know the fretboard. also here are some good examples using the 7th string:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zl3g8seYy74&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A500rQlIR7k

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKR0RJ7E8Bc (he's using an 8 string in this but you get the idea of how you can use the extended range on a guitar)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TA8iznaPgKE


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Good videos. I really haven't been using my 7-string to its full potential.
#14
You can play epic Fear Factory riffage.

Because Dino is so fat he needs the low end to compensate for his fatness

This uses a 7 string
They use 7 strings in Drop A (AEADGBe)
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#15
wow, I am in the same exact position. lol but heres a question. I'm left handed, is it worth buying a $450 used 7 string thats right handed, just switch the nut and strings around?
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