7 String Guitars

Mirage

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#1
Has anybody else here ever played a 7 string guitar?

I bought one a few years back and realized very quickly that I should have gone with a 6 string. I have not played it since. :lol:

I kept it though because it looks cool. It's a Shecter A-7 Diamond Series that looks almost identical to this:



It sounds pretty hardcore when played by somebody with skill. Anybody ever played one of these?
 

greyham_G

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#2
Never played one, but thought about buying one recently, but i decided to go with the Ibanez XV500 in the other thread i made. Nice looking guitar though. I can't really say what i would expect from a 7-string. I don't think i would ever seriously consider buying one because its not very often you run into a song that needs a 7-string, and i think a 6-string fulfills all my writing and playing needs.
 

Mirage

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Yeah, that's why I wish I didn't get one. I don't even listen to KoRn. What was I thinking. :lol:

Basically a 7 string has an extra low E string which gives you a more hardcore sound useful in certain types of grunge. As somebody who owns one but hasn't played it much that's about all I can tell you. It does sound great when played by somebody who knows how to use it and it definitely is a different sound than a normal 6 string but it's more suited for somebody who has already mastered a 6 string.
 

Smelnick

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If you think a 7 string sounds good, try a 12 string =P I bought an old acoustic 12 string at a garage sale for 20 bucks a few years back. It was missing some tuning pegs, but I was able to string it as a 6 string. i would love to get the body of it fixed and some new pegs for it though so I can play it as a 12 string.
 

greyham_G

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#5
Ya, the extra low string would make the real hardcore metal riffs sounds awesome. I wish i could play one, i want to see what kind of possibilities that extra string opens up, but for now drop-d tuning is good enough lol.

My friends dad is a luthier and they always have tons of guitar laying around and ill be over there and go looking through the guitar cases and sometimes ill find a 12 string and i love playing them. The sound you get from a really nice one is amazing. If i sell one of my acoustics i might have to get a 12 string lol
 

Oooh_snap

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My boyfriend has always been a 7-string player. He drop tunes it to give it a heavier sound, but he plays death metal, or well all sorts of metal really. He had the opposite problem.. He bought a 6-string recently and it just sits there looking pretty because it doesn't give him the sound he looks for. He is looking at picking up Ibanez's 8-string pretty soon. Which is all fine and dandy for him, but I couldn't even get my fingers around the neck to play it lol.
 

greyham_G

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Its not that a 6-string isn't acceptable for death metal and such, but i can imagine playing and getting used to a 7-string and then trying to revert to a 6-string could be a little tough. But ya, a drop tuned 7-string would be an intensely hardcore sound, super fun to play i can imagine, hopefully i get the chance.
 

Oooh_snap

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He said his biggest problem was that he kept going for the 7th string and it wasn't there. Everything he had written just didn't work for him on a 6 string.. and i have to laugh everytime I listen to him play the 6-string because it sounds like he is just starting to play guitar, okay not that bad, but something about it always sounds off.
Yeah i love the sound of it drop tuned, it is really nice and then he has every effect pedal under the sun and always installs different pick-ups in his guitars.. I just stick to the basics and play for the fun of it, but his band is pretty crazy, so I guess it all works out for him.

I am sure you will get the chance to play one or if you have a guitar store locally just go goof off with it there.
 

MAgnum9987

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#10
I'd wonder what a 7 String would sound in a blues tune? Like Drifting Blues or a similar song. Especially on a semi hollow. Has potential to have a beefy and powerful tone.