#1
i have a slight issue. im saving for a new guitar, but i dont know what i should get. right now im playing a six string tuned to B, A, C, etc. and my string tension is screaming, my strings are floppy and i get massive fret buzz.

so i was thinking, should i get another 6 string, or should i get a baritone or seven string...
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#2
Why don't you try using thicker strings?
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#3
What gauge strings are you using?

A regular 6-string will perform fine in C and sometimes B, albeit with higher gauge strings. The string gauge might start getting ridiculous in A on a regular scaled guitar, though. That's where a baritone comes in.

On the flipside, a seven string will let you do everything, but you'll have to transpose whatever songs you were playing in those lower tunings. That shouldn't be a huge issue, but it might sway your decision a bit.

If you have medium or light-gauge strings on your guitar right now, bump them up a bit, maybe to 12s or 13s.
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#4
oh, i do, i forgot to mention that.
i use 12-56, Ernie Ball
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#5
12s, and you're still flopping around? I've used 11s in B on a 25.5" regular 6-string, and they weren't too bad. Try a set of 13s, with the heaviest lower strings you can find.
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#6
Quote by ugmung
oh, i do, i forgot to mention that.
i use 12-56, Ernie Ball


Go with the 7 string, you get all the low end and get to keep your highs too.
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#7
whats significant about a baritone though? i mean, ill still enjoy the feel of a six string and it'll be the same as a seven, well, without the seventh string, right?
i dont really want to get into the extra string business unless i have to.
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#9
The neck on a baritone should be about the same width as that of a six-string, but the scale length is going to be longer, so the fret spacing will be slightly different.

Now, if you get a baritone, unless you get some lighter gauge strings, plan on keeping it detuned all the time. You might have some difficulty - between the longer scale and thicker stock strings - tuning it higher than B or C.
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#10
yeah, i have another guitar i use for higher tunings.
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#13
Personally, I'd go with a 7 string. I was a little hesitant at first, but I hated Detuning, and I wanted a guitar that would be heavy even in standard tuning or half step down, one that I could play drop D without any problems. 7 string's are the solution to all those problems.

The problem is the extra string. This might be a bit daunting at first. I'd definatly try one out, give it an hour or so. Come back and try it out again. I prefer a 7 string neck after about a year of playing one.

Sure you might have a guitar you can switch to if you want to play higher, but I would rather have one guitar do the job of 2 instead of 2 do the job the job that one could do.
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#14
yeah, im a little worried about the extra string, but ill get used to it. thanks for all the help everyone.
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#15
I would recommend a steinberger synapse. It comes in baritone scale length, has a built in capo, and built-in piezo pickups.
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#17
how about a baritone 7? like a Schecter Hellraiser or something
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#18
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how about a baritone 7? like a Schecter Hellraiser or something

I thought they were normal longer scale 7s...?
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#19
yeah....
i doubt they're baritone, but wouldn't that give me more of an 8-string-ish sound?
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