#1
Drop C is about the lowest I can get away with given the scale of my current guitars. A fiend for higher gain and lower tunings, I'm trying to decide if I should get a new guitar that will further satisfy this addiction. So my first question is should I really do this or am I just going to regret it if I ever "grow up and stop listening to death metal," as concerned friends and family would put it, and then the issue is deciding between 7 String or Baritone. And finally what brand and make of each kind? If you've played on any 7 Strings or Baritones and feel strongly about them, please advise. I cant make these decisions on my own.
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What's the scale length of your current guitar? What sort of tuning are you wanting to go down to? What gauge strings are you using?
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you really dont need a baritone or 7 string to go below drop c
look at bands such as sikth who use normal 6 strings and silly low tunings
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Just get a seven string.
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Well on a 7 string, you can play in standard tuning while still having that low end so thats the way forward really.

but 7 string + bariton in one instrument = ultimate win




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What's the scale length of your current guitar? What sort of tuning are you wanting to go down to? What gauge strings are you using?


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have u tryed thicker strings?

my LP can handle B standard easy with 11s
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I like 7string guitars because you have the standard EADGbe and then the low B to heavy rythm stuff.... that's what I call versatility

Schecter makes 7string guitars with 26.5 scale necks, so that's almost a baritone, which makes it a dream to play....

I've been looking into 6string baritones lately, mostly because I like to play with low drop tunings.... the extended scale on a baritone gives bigger string tension, so it will be easier to speed pick....

did that make any sense?


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#9
might i suggest the cheapest option?

for about 80$ US you can buy the Zoom: g1 or g2 pedals(or any of the series)

I have a G1X (the X is because of the expression pedal) it is a great multi-effects /distortion pedal, but it also has pitch shift which can be used to detune guitar without actually detuning it.

if you plan on playing in that tuning alot though, I would sugest getting a new guitar.

when you use the pitch shifter it kills your tone, but if you just want to be able to tune your guitar like that to learn a song or 2 then this is the way to go.
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uz needz better stringz.
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So the guitars I use now are a Gibson SG Standard with a Dimarzio Superdistortion for the bridge and ESP EC-1000 with emgs. I typically use 11s for strings, or different variants of fat-bottom skinny-tops. I have tried B-Standard tuning with 11s and the lack of tension in the strings is just uncomfortable for anything fast, especially with the SG. I havent tried 12s.
Playing on 7 strings in the past, I have found the neck to be too wide. I suppose this is mostly because i haven't spent any real time practicing on one. I wonder if you have any thoughts?
And also I definitely do see the versatility benefits of a 7 string mentioned above, such as having a standard tuned guitar when I want it and a low B string as well.
Thank you all for your input so far. The detail about the Schecter's 7 string scale was particularly helpful. Could I get more information from you all about 7 strings you have played on? Or baritones still as well, I'm officially leaning towards a 7 string now but I dont want to totally write bari's off yet.
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Well I own a Ibanez RG1527 and is plays very well, its a 25.5" 7 string if you put a heavy low B on it to match your 11s like a .65 of something you will have a very tight guitar for standard tuning.

I also own a RG1077XL which is a baritone 7 string (all Ibanez 7 string baritones are discontinued so you will have to hunt around for a 2nd hand one, but they are pretty sought after) it also plays great and I love it, since buying it I dont play my 1527 any more due to the greater tension tightening up the low B, because I use 9-42s with a 54 it can get quite floppy and muddy at 25.5" so baritone is great (the RG1527 is still awesome I just dont have a use for it as a main guitar).

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#13
in all honestly, unless you're going past Drop B, you don't need a Baritone or a 7 string guitar. the schecter c-7 hellraiser and loomis models are quite good, and Ibanez makes good 7 strings.