#1
What alternate tunings require a 7 string? I've got a few 6 strings, some i keep in lower tunings, i've been considering a 7 string but haven't been quite clear when one is actually needed?
#2
None really require it, unless you actually need all 7 strings.
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#3
Yeah, standard tuning for 7 string is B E A D G B E (from thickest to thinest). You can always tune your 6 string guitar to B tuning, but you won't have high E string which you would have with 7 string. If you don't need it, you can continue playing 6 strings. Just put on some heavier gauge strings and you'll be fine. Also, for lower tunings it's better to have guitar with longer scale than standard.
#4
When you need to play something with low B string and high e string in the same song, then you obviously need a 7 string because 6 runs out strings, duh. Or you could get one for practical reasons, having E standard tuning and baritone tuning all in one guitar.

Thats about it i think.

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#5
Quote by MaaZeus
Or you could get one for practical reasons, having E standard tuning and baritone tuning all in one guitar.


That would be practical, but for me playing 7 string guitars is harder than playing 6 string guitars because 7 strings have bigger necks. It could be the same with TS. So maybe the practical way won't be very practical.
#6
You can get the high notes elsewhere on the fretboard. But if that doesn't work out, then it's time for a 7-string. Don't get a 7-string just because you want a low B though. 7-strings and baritones sound a feel different. Baritones usually have a longer scale length. And open chords don't work the same on baritones and 7-strings.
#7
Quote by jwoodbury3571
What alternate tunings require a 7 string? I've got a few 6 strings, some i keep in lower tunings, i've been considering a 7 string but haven't been quite clear when one is actually needed?


When you want one.

Quote by JELIFISH19
And open chords don't work the same on baritones and 7-strings.


... Yes they do. For 7 string traditional open chords you just have to not play the low B and on Baritones it's just shifted down in pitch by 2.5 steps. Really not different at all.

Quote by MaaZeus
Or you could get one for practical reasons, having E standard tuning and baritone tuning all in one guitar.


Not the same. 7 string standard is BEADGBE and baritone 6 string standard is BEADF#B.
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#8
Quote by JackovSlayer
That would be practical, but for me playing 7 string guitars is harder than playing 6 string guitars because 7 strings have bigger necks. It could be the same with TS. So maybe the practical way won't be very practical.

And playing a guitar in the very beginning was extremely difficult, but you got better. You just need to work with it and soon you'll be proficient enough to handle it.

Pick up a bass guitar.
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