#1
I'm looking to add an extended-range guitar to my arsenal, but have limited knowledge (and playtime) on 7 strings and baritones. What are some pro's and cons of each? I was leaning towards a 7-string because of my rather short arms/small hands, I thought the larger scale of the baritone might be a bit of a stretch. Is it just personal preference? I will be playing all styles of music from metal to jazz. Any recommendations of good models are welcome, as well. Thanks!
#2
It really depends what you want, if you just want to tune low then a baritone is the answer, if you want the actual extended range then go with the 7 string. Baritones really aren't extended range at all, they're just tuned lower.

Also: small hands mean nothing if your technique is good. Look up videos of Shawn Lane and Michael Romeo doing their stretch licks and tell me that hand size makes a difference
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#3
Alright... Baritones have largers scale, but not as thick neck as a 7-string. Baritones don't have a that extra high string that you might miss when you want to do a solo or something.
If I were you I'd go for a 7-string, maybe even with a 27" scale. You will get used to it eventually, and I think you wont regret having the additional string.
I suggest you to go to a music center or something and try yourself, since that's the best way to make up your mind I think. If you know anyone who have a baritone or 7-string you could try theirs maybe.

Edit:
If you have no intention of going lower than drop A#, then you could just have a baritone. To tune a 7 string to drop A# you have to tune down the deepest string a half step, and tune up the rest a half step, which I don't like doing. It's all preference though.
Last edited by JB95 at Jan 15, 2012,