#1
Hey guys, im planning on getting a new guitar between now and christmas. And ive decided that i need an extra string (or two). But im stuck between a 7 or 8 string.

Ive been looking at the Ibanez RGAs, the Schecters and the Stef Carpenter ESPs. And my budget is around 550 pounds. But 1. i dont know which ones are best and 2. i need a second opinion on wether 8 strings are overkill or not. And i dont mind buying aftermarket pickups in a couple of months.

The stuff im intending to play on it will be mainly Deftones, Meshuggah and Periphery.

So if anyone has a 7 or 8 string or has experience of playing one please give me some advice. thx
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#3
I think a 7 would be more practical. The necks on 8 strings look incredibly uncomfortable due to their width, and I can name only 4 bands off the top of my head that use 8's, the 3 you listed, and Scale the Summit. Pickups won't be easy to find either, but if you're planning on playing a lot of metal, a Lundgren M8 would be awesome, if a bit pricey.

EDIT: It isn't hard to adapt from 6 strings to 7 strings either, but I can see 8 being a problem if you haven't at least played a 7 for a while.
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Meshuggah and Periphery both use 8 strings. I think Misha (Periphery) switches between 7 and 8 string a lot (at least on his soundcloud he does), but Meshuggah's last couple of albums have exclusively used 8 strings.

So it really just depends on what you want to play.
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i juts got an 8 strin recently and i quite enjoy it.... i also have a 7 and i also quite enjoy that... the 7 string would prolly be better for learnin more stuff but then again you could always use the 8 string without the thickest string for some songs anyways... hmmm id suggest 8
#6
Thanks for tips guys, looks like a 7 string is best then. And my second question is: Who makes the best 7 strings for around the 500 pound mark?

And if anyone has anything else to add, just comment.
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i juts got an 8 strin recently and i quite enjoy it.... i also have a 7 and i also quite enjoy that... the 7 string would prolly be better for learnin more stuff but then again you could always use the 8 string without the thickest string for some songs anyways... hmmm id suggest 8


What ones are they?
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Meshuggah and Periphery both use 8 strings. I think Misha (Periphery) switches between 7 and 8 string a lot (at least on his soundcloud he does), but Meshuggah's last couple of albums have exclusively used 8 strings.

So it really just depends on what you want to play.


Periphery don't use 8-strings.None of the songs on Captain on or Self titled are 8 string. Some of bulb's demos are recorded on 8's though. So yeah.

Personally i'd get an 8 string to play some Scale the Summit/Meshuggah and maybe be stupid enough to even attempt learning AAL.
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Thanks for tips guys, looks like a 7 string is best then. And my second question is: Who makes the best 7 strings for around the 500 pound mark?

And if anyone has anything else to add, just comment.

Get a used RG1527, incredible guitar. Only need to change Pups
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Periphery don't use 8-strings.None of the songs on Captain on or Self titled are 8 string. Some of bulb's demos are recorded on 8's though. So yeah.

Personally i'd get an 8 string to play some Scale the Summit/Meshuggah and maybe be stupid enough to even attempt learning AAL.

http://www.mayones.com/en/useful_news/special/periphery_regius8

I'll just leave this here.

@TS, have you ever tried 7 or 8 strings? They can feel much different than you might think. Go try some if you haven't.
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older deftones and mesh you will be fine wit a 7 stringer. but for newer stuff from both bands and 8 will serve you sell.


however, i would recommend a 7 so you can get familiar with extra string/s territory. if you're dead set and sure you'll stick with the 7/8 string guitar then used RG7620's are a good bet. other guitars to look at


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older deftones and mesh you will be fine wit a 7 stringer. but for newer stuff from both bands and 8 will serve you sell.


however, i would recommend a 7 so you can get familiar with extra string/s territory. if you're dead set and sure you'll stick with the 7/8 string guitar then used RG7620's are a good bet. other guitars to look at


RG7321
RGA7
S7321
S7421(newer ones not the old ones wit the Lo-TRS)
Hellraiser 7


I was looking at the Ibanez RGA7, is it worth getting? Good value for money? Im not too worried about getting new pickups.
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I was looking at the Ibanez RGA7, is it worth getting? Good value for money? Im not too worried about getting new pickups.

Why get a new RGA7 when you can get a used prestige 1527.
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Why get a new RGA7 when you can get a used prestige 1527.
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Cause buying new is alot easier. But i know what you mean.
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I was looking at the Ibanez RGA7, is it worth getting? Good value for money? Im not too worried about getting new pickups.



regardin the post below, i know you REALLY REALLY want to buy knew cuz you want ot be the only one who fingers that baby but the RG1527 is miles ahead of the RGA7.. if you want cheap,new and quality, the non prestige S are great, especially the ZR trem. however if you dont want/need a trem i would go with a RG7421 or RG7621

remember one thing, if you can try before you buy, even in with models that have consistent quality control, the quality of build will still vary from individual guitar to individual guitar.
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If you can get a 1527 in decent nick, it's a top notch guitar. Schecter are a bit hit and miss, try before you buy - although the good ones are excellent for the music you're into.
#17
I dont really want a trem. Cause im gonna changing tunings alot (between standard and dropped) and ive used locking vibratos and they just seem like hassle. But is the RGA7 my best bet if i dont want a trem?
#18
Thanks for all the comments guys. I think im gonna go for the RGA7.

if anyone else has anything to add, feel free.
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Thanks for all the comments guys. I think im gonna go for the RGA7.

if anyone else has anything to add, feel free.



get a RG7621 or RG7421.

both of prestige( actually not sure bout the 7421 but the 7621 definitely) quality. much much better than the RGA.


the RGA is just fancy lookin cuz of the carve top.....
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7621 is of prestige quality,

7421 is just higher quality but with cheap hardware.

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#21
Used RG1527, block trem, job done. Seriously. Blocked locking trems really aren't as much hassle as people make out. It takes 5 mins extra to re-string at the most if you do it right. And although you might not, I find locking trems really comfortable to play on, especially for stuff with lots of palm muting and pinchies. Not to mention, I've played a couple of RGA7s and the stock pickups are absolutely awful, and with them being actives, the pickup cavity will be a different size to that of a passive so you'd be limited to actives unless you wanted to get the cavity re-routed.
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Used RG1527, block trem, job done. Seriously. Blocked locking trems really aren't as much hassle as people make out. It takes 5 mins extra to re-string at the most if you do it right. And although you might not, I find locking trems really comfortable to play on, especially for stuff with lots of palm muting and pinchies. Not to mention, I've played a couple of RGA7s and the stock pickups are absolutely awful, and with them being actives, the pickup cavity will be a different size to that of a passive so you'd be limited to actives unless you wanted to get the cavity re-routed.



dude i NEVER use a trem for my playin but i find i cant', for the life of me, play a non FR equipped guitar....
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