#1
i'm looking into the ibanez RG3721 7 string guitar to use for songs that have really low tunings. will a 7 string work for drop A# tuning? I'm not sure if i would have to tune anything up or not.
#4
any tuning will work as long as you can get the right gauge of strings.

if you plan on going lower than a few steps down, you might want to get a larger scale guitar, otherwise sourcing strings will be a pain.
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#5
Many tunings will do fine. All it comes down to is your string gauge. The most popular tunings for 7-strings are probably BEADGBE (standard), AEADGBE (drop A), ADADGBE (drop D) and GCGCGCE (drop C). You'll want fairly thick strings for drop C (at least the bottom 4), drop D will do fine with 10s or 11s, standard or drop A (as I call it) will work on 9s as well. If you want to go any lower than drop C you'll want a baritone (extended scale) 7-string guitar.
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Quote by Raziel2p
Many tunings will do fine. All it comes down to is your string gauge. The most popular tunings for 7-strings are probably BEADGBE (standard), AEADGBE (drop A), ADADGBE (drop D) and GCGCGCE (drop C). You'll want fairly thick strings for drop C (at least the bottom 4), drop D will do fine with 10s or 11s, standard or drop A (as I call it) will work on 9s as well. If you want to go any lower than drop C you'll want a baritone (extended scale) 7-string guitar.


GCGCGCE is open C tuning actually, as for tuning to Drop A# which i believe would be A#FA#D#G#CF You would need to tune up to reach that tuning on a 7 string, but some lighter gauge strings should help with that.
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Quote by hmmm_de_hum
GCGCGCE is open C tuning actually, as for tuning to Drop A# which i believe would be A#FA#D#G#CF You would need to tune up to reach that tuning on a 7 string, but some lighter gauge strings should help with that.



ok so a set of 9's should work fine for that
#8
would it work to actually buy some REALLY thin strings and get a 7 string tuned to E-A-D-G-B-E-A ?
#9
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would it work to actually buy some REALLY thin strings and get a 7 string tuned to E-A-D-G-B-E-A ?

Your neck would not appreciate this one bit but I'm sure you could.

Considering how low Drop Bb is it would make more sense to tune the low six strings (excluding the high e string) down to Drop Bb and then tune the high E string to F (resulting in Bb F Bb Eb Ab C F -- meaning you woud tune the 7th string down half a step and then everything else up half a step) as opposed to tuning to G Bb F Bb Eb G C (which would be quite difficult to tune to from standard and is much less friendly on the neck).
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#11
Of course it would. You could get infinitely bigger/smaller strings and tune to anything but anything more than about a tone up or down from standard isn't very neck friendly.
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Quote by jAzZMataZz
would it work to actually buy some REALLY thin strings and get a 7 string tuned to E-A-D-G-B-E-A ?


Yeah. Steve Vai used to do that with his 7-strings, but that high A has to be really thin, and is thus very very breakable.
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#15
i keep mine in dropped A# most of the time. (A#, D#, G#, C#, F#, A#, D#)

if youre going to buy a seven string to get the extra notes, you might as well tune the bottom string down to get more for your money
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so basically take it from standard and tune the low b to an a then tune all the strings up half a step


+1 for half a step up.

It has a cool tone to it, great feel, not as much flop on the B string and the other strings are somewhat easier to fret.
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i keep mine in dropped A# most of the time. (A#, D#, G#, C#, F#, A#, D#)

if youre going to buy a seven string to get the extra notes, you might as well tune the bottom string down to get more for your money


Thats actually only Bb standard (half step down) there's no dropped note there.