#1
Well, it's time for a new guitar, and my crazy guitar wantings have driven me from an ESP to a Gibson to an Ibanez, and I wasn't exactly sure of what to get... but what exactly would be the point of a 7-string? What can be done with it? I recently heard "Jaws Of Life" by John Petrucci... it's a great song, and apparently it's played on a 7-string.
#2
I play in drop B so 7 strings give me that extra string so it sounds better when I drop tune.

If youre going to be playing in standard most of the time, and dont really use the 7th string theres, not really much of a use for it. Its tuned to B most of the time, while the rest stay in standard. usually it just allows you to jump down if you want to.
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#3
You add an extra string and then you can boost about how unique you are.


If you want to add an extra string go ahead all means... but at the end of the day can you play guitar?
#6
the advantage of a 7th string is the addition of an extra 2 1/2 notes to the guitar's range. That's it.
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#7
Generally, if you have to ask 'why/what/how', then [whatever it is] isn't right for you. 'Specialist' things like extra strings, baritone scale, double necks, etc, are for those people who already firmly know they need those things. Otherwise, if you're unsure, you're almost always best off just getting something more standard.
#9
Alright if you want to play some say "at the gates" they tune down to "BEADf#B" but with a 7 string you wouldnt have to tune down, so you could play your death metal/melodeth w/e without tuning down. Also, ARPEGGIOS, you can do some cool **** with 7's in terms of jazz. But i would recommend getting a seven if your into death metal type stuff, or really progressive stuff. Anyways there isnt really any disadvantage to going with a seven so...why not go seven?
#10
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Generally, if you have to ask 'why/what/how', then [whatever it is] isn't right for you. 'Specialist' things like extra strings, baritone scale, double necks, etc, are for those people who already firmly know they need those things. Otherwise, if you're unsure, you're almost always best off just getting something more standard.


couldn't agree more
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#11
Quote by bokuho
Generally, if you have to ask 'why/what/how', then [whatever it is] isn't right for you. 'Specialist' things like extra strings, baritone scale, double necks, etc, are for those people who already firmly know they need those things. Otherwise, if you're unsure, you're almost always best off just getting something more standard.


Not asking that question is the way to certainly not know about them.
Say for example I always droptune my 6 string to B standard, and I miss my high E, but I don't know about 7 strings. If I didn't ask anyone I'd stay frustrated about the loss of my high E without knowing there is a ready made solution.

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#12
extending the range without losing the high notes

^thats why you'd get one.
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#13
well, I always wondered why would they need a 5 stringed bass??!
newsted, ellefson, trujillo all mostly used 5 stringers. burton, araya always use/d 4 stringers.
Answer - tonal range, you can aford have more strigns, different gauges. So in stead of having a classic set up 105-85-65-45, or 90-70-50-30, you can have 135-105-85-65, or 110-90-70-30, and there you have it! For example:
Metallica has old/classic shit and the new one. Burton mostley played rotosounds funkmasters 90-30 so his tone is much lighter, faster and you know? funkier. As for Newsted, he had more of metal tone, so songs created with his participation would mostly be in a lower tonage.
And when you're gigging and you need to play all kinds of songs, you don't switch instruments or restring or anithing, you just move yp and down what you have. newsted set up 105-90-70-50-30.
Burton shit - 90-30.
Newsted shit - 105-50.
Quite logical. I think for guitars the 7-stringers have exactley the same purpose.
Same story/example aply to Chriss Broderick and Marty Friedman. Broderick mostley uses 7stringers.
Cheers.
#14
Nice necrobump of a 5 year old thread.
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