#2
Pros - Extended range basically, wide neck feels more comfortable to some people

Cons - Wide neck feels bad to some people.
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#3
Pros - Good for Progressive Metal
Cons - ****ty for everything else
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#4
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Pros - Good for Progressive Metal
Cons - ****ty for everything else

not nessassarily.(sp?) i wrote a country song once using a 7 string acoustic once.
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Pros - Extended range basically, wide neck feels more comfortable to some people

Cons - Wide neck feels bad to some people.

about sums is up
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Pros - Good for Progressive Metal
Cons - ****ty for everything else

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i've use my 7 string at a jazz jam night a couple of times. they're great for scale runs because theres the extra string with seems to make all your runs so much longer.

for me the cons are getting a brighter overdrive sound of it. you have to completely change the settings on your amp from what you have it set to for your 6 string.

its great for writing chug chug metal riffs on that open B or A string.
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#7
good for any type of music, as long as you don't limit your imagination. i honestly don't find any cons in owning one.
#9
the con is playing hendrix or RHCP-style thumb over the neck stuff. You can still do it with a modified bar but it is a bit less comfortable/easy. The problem, btw, isn't the wider neck(7strings can have a smaller neck then a 6string) it's that you have an extra string in the way. If you don't mind having a different bass note then go right ahead. The other thing is buying strings/nuts/pickups/bridges etc are more limited. If you want to mod a guitar it's probably easier with a 6-string depending on what you're doing. Bit heavier in general too.

don't listen to anyone who says they're only good for X genre. They are quite versatile. Not mind-bendingly different, mind you. It's about the difference between owning a floyd rose and a hard tail guitar.
#10
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lies

i've use my 7 string at a jazz jam night a couple of times. they're great for scale runs because there's the extra string with seems to make all your runs so much longer.



definitely, i use mine not only for all types of metal, but i also use it for a lot of jazz things, long runs, and split voicings, check out chris brodericks videos for an accurate representation of what a 7 string can do

oh and if youre doing it to be heavy like korn, its not worth it
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#11
Some people just like 7-strings and some people don't. Personally, I find a 7-string much more comfortable than any six string. I can't wait to get my hands on an 8-string Ibanez RG2228 Prestige. But that's just me. One of my friends finds it really uncomfortable to play on anything bigger than a flying V.
#12
aside from the wider neck the major con i think is that most people who have a 7 string don't really know how to use one. if you're just going to use the bottom 4 strings just retune your 6 string.
#13
Quote by z4twenny
aside from the wider neck the major con i think is that most people who have a 7 string don't really know how to use one. if you're just going to use the bottom 4 strings just retune your 6 string.


listen to this man, very few people i've come across know how to use a 6 string well, let alone a 7 string, but im not saying if youre not willing to learn dont do it, take the time to learn it if you really want to play a 7 string
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#15
^ true, but the ratio of people who CAN use all 6 strings well is pretty thin. realistically alot of guitar players just play power chords or basic triads and thats it (i won't lie, i do lots of power chord stuff, but at the same time i want a 7 string because i know i do use all 6 strings when i do my leads)

the point being, just make sure its useful for you and not an unnecessary extravagance.
#16
It's not just scale runs/solos or for power chords. I agree that most people buy a 7string to get deeper sound...and those people usually end up going back to 6 string.

The 7 opens up a lot of opportunities for chord voicings. And in genereal, an extra octave opens up that much more creative options.
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#17
^ oh i agree and there have been times i thought "d@mmit, i need a 7 string for what i want to do here, i'm gonna have to rearrange this for bass" but something tells me that not many 7 string players think this.
#18
Pros: You can get 5 semitones lower than a 6 string without retuning for uber heavy metal.

I have a retuned 6 string (down to B) but I bought a 7 anyway.
I don't really need a 7, a baritone guitar would do me fine, but I couldn't find an affordable one.
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#19
I want a 7, only because ive played one before, it sounds amazing, and they are much more versatile.

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#20
^ Ha ha, you are about the 20th person to say that
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#21
Pros- wider range of sound, more fun sweeping, longer legatos, more space to tap, and you can get a nice, heavy sound without having to de-tune.

Cons- almost none, other than the fretboard being a little wider
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#22
one more thing to mention is some of the transposition opportunities. if something is written in a 'dropped' tuning, say drop D, often you can just shift things onto the B string without any issues. i've also worked around some riffs that would have me jumping around with some difficulty but i'm able to just throw a finger onto that extra string without a position shift.

i'm all for 7 strings.
#23
If everyone loves the 7 string so much and they have about as much cons as a normal guitar, why don't they become standard?
#24
Because alot of people don't need 7 strings. Take me for example, I love Meshugah and Textures etc and would love a 7 string, but my bands sound doesn't need an extra string. I would really only get a 7 string if I started a solo projet or joined a new band that needed 7 strings.
#25
Quote by z4twenny
^ oh i agree and there have been times i thought "d@mmit, i need a 7 string for what i want to do here, i'm gonna have to rearrange this for bass" but something tells me that not many 7 string players think this.


I don't play a seven, but I do play a five string bass, and I can assure you that there is still that want to go lower.

I often will need a low Bb when playing with horns, so I just tune to drop-Bb, which I use just as much as standard. I ussually still want the extra A, G, F#, and sometimes even E. I can't downtune that far, so I now I want a 6 string bass to tune (F#, B, E, A, D). Something tells me that seven string players think this way too.
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I don't play a seven, but I do play a five string bass, and I can assure you that there is still that want to go lower.

I often will need a low Bb when playing with horns, so I just tune to drop-Bb, which I use just as much as standard. I ussually still want the extra A, G, F#, and sometimes even E. I can't downtune that far, so I now I want a 6 string bass to tune (F#, B, E, A, D). Something tells me that seven string players think this way too.


Hahaha its like an addiction I think Meshuggah went down to 9 strings before but i'm probably wrong lol
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Hahaha its like an addiction I think Meshuggah went down to 9 strings before but i'm probably wrong lol


Im pretty sure they just used downtuned 8's (F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, bb, eb). Does anyone know what their bassist does?