Is a 7 String Guitar the Right Choice for You? | What To Know Before You Buy October 11, 2019 Related posts: DIY Pokédex Phone Case (Made Entirely Out of Perler Beads!) 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The most important factors (in my opinion) to think about are: 1. Does the 7th string confuse you to the point of frustration, or can you see the 7th string as simply an extension? 2. Does the neck width and length feel comfortable to you? 3. Do you see a benefit big enough to justify the cost and the transition? Gear Steve is using in this video: Ibanez Axion 7 String Schecter Keith Merrow KM7 MK-iii Artist Hughes and Kettner Black Spirit 200 amp Hawk Guitar Picks July 26, 2019 Reply Masi Lindbäck Thanks for the informative video! July 26, 2019 Reply James Sullivan Bazinga! July 26, 2019 Reply Jason Stallworth Steve, dude, I say 'No' for most guitarists, and here's why: Most 7 string players become like a mindless robot play that 1 heavy string, all the time. And then their music and everything they play/write revolves around that, thus every song sounds the same. So I encourage 7 string players (and those thinking about making the jump), make sure you don't limit yourself. Don't just hang on those super ultra heavy notes all the time. Play riffs! And play and write songs in different keys (not everything has to be in that heaviest key). If you can break past all of that, then yes, by all means get a 7! And yes, it is a transition (that extra string 'gets in the way' it seems) but you'll get used to it. And dude, I do like that Ibanez you have!! I have the ESP E-II Horizon FR-7. Plays beautifully, but I'd like to also have an Ibanez 7 string. July 26, 2019 Reply Maarten Franken For bass that extra string is very useful. Im a hardcore 1990s bass player, I use it to rest my righthand thumb on, its a very practical string. 😛 (Just joking around, of course) July 26, 2019 Reply ThatOneDudeWhoIsn'tInTheSameRoomAsYou Great video Steve. Just thought I'd add something. I have a seven and an eight string. If you're not sure if you'll like it you could always get one that plays great but is lower priced. I payed 300 bucks for my 8 string and it plays awesome. It's perfectly serviceable, even compared to some of my higher end guitars and not terribly expensive. I don't use it nearly as much as my six strings but I do enjoy going back to it once in a while. Completely different feel you can do a bit ore with it. Shop around for sure before you decide. You could always upgrade later if you really enjoy it. July 26, 2019 Reply Mark E Right off the bat, your tune at the beginning was awesome July 26, 2019 Reply Francisco d'Anconia Great video. What about 7 string vs baritone? Is one always preferable to the other for you, or would it be situational? July 26, 2019 Reply Alex B Cool July 26, 2019 Reply Mark E Ok now I really want a Seven Guitar 😁👍Thanks, you answered a few questions I've always had about those. July 26, 2019 Reply Marvin Gutierrez Thank you very much Steve! 👆👍 you're awesome!! July 26, 2019 Reply Vadym Bratushka Already bought a 7 string.and 8 string.stuck with 6 July 26, 2019 Reply Greg Fox I was originally looking for a baritone guitar when I bought mine, almost exactly like your Ibanez. I have mine tuned a bit differently: I have it tuned ADGCEAD so I have an extra high D string. It took a bit of woodshedding to get used to that extra high string but now, when I'm playing in the higher scales, it has become second nature and I miss it a bit when I'm playing regular guitars. July 26, 2019 Reply Lennert Kemper +100 for playing A Change of Seasons. July 26, 2019 Reply ninomrki I would buy a 7 string guitar just so I can play drop C tuning songs without retuning my guitar since I prefer standard tuning (I'm still a crappy player and all the tutorials are in standard tuning) July 26, 2019 Reply 59alpha , I REALY LIKE THAT LITTLE RIFF YOU STARTED WITH.KINDA SAVATOGE HALL OF THE MOUNTAIN KING KINDA THING July 26, 2019 Reply Black Dahlia I'm very interested in purchasing a 7 string but I'm worried it will hinder my progress. My skill level is only somewhere between beginner and intermediate. Should I wait till I'm better at 6 strings? July 26, 2019 Reply Markus The scale length is the biggest factor for me. Going from my Ibanez RGD to my Les Paul, makes the Les Paul feel like a baby guitar. If I only could have one guitar, I'd probably stick with the 24.75 inch, just easier. I think it would be better for a 5 string bass guitar to fill the low frequencies, as well. With all these 7, and 8 string guitars, people have forgotten how awesome bass guitar is. July 26, 2019 Reply CatPick Studios Haha looks like all of us who attended SpiritCon do 7 string videos now. Guitar Broa did one, I did one there too and you are doing one! Is the 7 string the new 6? Just kidding, great video Steve, your videos are super inspiring! July 26, 2019 Reply J H woah ho ho! put the guns away, quickdraw! good info man. been on the fence and you got the km7 which you said works well for small hands. Ibanez a little better option just for the shorter scale length? Or is the neck thinner as well? July 26, 2019 Reply John Wehby Thanks, Steve! Do you worry about stepping on your bass player? July 26, 2019 Reply King Dubz I have both a 7 & 6 string guitar. 7 strings are obviously just for deeper and lower tones. You can literally just tune a 6 string to sound like a 7 string if the 7 string isn't comfortable for you. July 27, 2019 Reply ekw555 very glad that you said 7th string was a B and then showed how 6 & 7 mirror 1 & 2.because I had absolutely no idea how it "worked" and I was going to be angry/sad if I still didn't when the video was over! July 27, 2019 Reply Jerry Reichelderfer Good points, and I am going to share this to maybe help my guitar friends that might be considering a 7. It did mess with me visually, but like most things you gets used to it. Same goes for 8 strings. I do also like multiscale a lot. I allows me to use standard gauge 10-46 6 string set and I add a 56 for the 7th and a 74 for the 8th. This gives me nice tension on the lower strings without working too hard like you do with huge strings, while still retaining the same ability to bend on the higher strings with the shorter scale. July 27, 2019 Reply Ricardo Martínez Dude you look so skinny!!..are you ok?? Keep doing this videos! I own a ibanez prestige 1527 (7strings)😏😁 July 27, 2019 Reply Gus OɴDemaɴd does your shirt say tattooed and employed? July 27, 2019 Reply manon damoon Come on mate the meaty B is definitely worth the money. Admit it… say it. The B stands for beautiful and brutal. July 27, 2019 Reply Vamike 9 Great video Steve,I also enjoy playing a 12 string as a 6 string guitar sometimes. It opens up the string spaces and feels more comfortable with some songs July 27, 2019 Reply Bill McElgunn Steve you talked a lot about the Floyd Rose here and there but maybe make a whole video dedicated to is a Floyd rose right for you? I think that'd be pretty cool bring it all the information into an easy to watch video like this July 27, 2019 Reply David Murray Picking up a schecter apocolypes next month July 27, 2019 Reply Prezla men The best pickups July 27, 2019 Reply humb1s3rvant What a pleasant chap…I like this…helluva player July 28, 2019 Reply Jesse Claborn Too many emo djent grown kids playing 7 and 10 string guitars. Just tune that shit down and jam! Case and point….. a little band from NOLA called… CROWBAR July 28, 2019 Reply Rasetsu Bass my fave 7-string guitar will always be BRIAN WELCH's 7 string guitar! and also WES BORLAND's 7-string! PEACE OUT! July 28, 2019 Reply Rob Leroux Finally…. I have been waiting a while to see you with a 7 string and what you can do with one of them. I really think people should start using 7 strings and start phasing out 6. You don't have to go heavy metal. Just that those low tones and octaves make it more adaptable. 6 strings low E string is actually very high as compared to almost every other musical instrument. For instance a piano and baritone notes are great and give you really cool sounding harmonies….but Saddly a guitar can't get in on that cool sound because you're low E is far to high limiting you and the other instrument because it can only go as far as the guitar will allow. Yes you can use a 6 and drop the tuning but then you lose your high E string and that is absolutely a terrible that high E is extremely important and you have to get use to scales being completely different. Relearning is gonna take time and it's just not a good idea. But the 7 string gives you so many perks with 0 cons… Other than getting use to it being bigger. That however will not take long at all. After a few days you'll wonder why you ever used a 6. Like I was saying you don't have play metal to appreciate the options a 7 string offers. Keep in mind a 7 string was pretty much created by Steve vai and pretty much uses it all the time. His interviews when asked a out his setup at home is his uv7….probably the nicest sounding guitar ever made. But if you've questioned getting one cuz it's not your type of music you are very mistaken. It only gives you and any you play with more options. It's a great idea and give it a few days not a few minutes and I guarantee you'll wish you got one far sooner 🤘🤘 July 28, 2019 Reply Hurple Murple Finally..someone who gets to all the points needed straight away. All these should you buy a 7s videos on youtube being shit and not on point and then this pops up. Bliss. Thank you so much for this Steve.Also i wanted to ask you something. You seem to have had medical problems with your hands and wrists. I seem to be having hand and wrist pain as well as numbness and loss of feel in my hands for like 13 years slowly getting worse. I use my pc alot. What kind of doctor would you recommend for me to go and get checked at? Thanks again July 28, 2019 Reply Domagoj Oinky So it is like the 5 string bass, you can also play 4 string lines on it as is, and it gives also an option of going lower or playing something in a different position. Low B string is a great addition to both bass and guitar. So I am for seven string guitar as it can play six string songs, and also it can make for fat riffs, and it can give a nice cello like sound while playing on the seventh string. July 28, 2019 Reply Dean Harkness I play 6 strings 99% of the time and that will always be my go to. That being said a 7 string, while kinda awkward at first, is a great " rut buster" it will make you come up with riffs that you normally wouldn't. July 28, 2019 Reply Sanjeev George Oh Steve …I just ordered a Schecter 7 string 1 week back… If you had uploaded this video earlier I'd have benefited… Anyways I think 7 string will be a good choice for me July 28, 2019 Reply Mike Fu I just buy More 6 string guitars…….and tune some Down….and keep some tuned normally. July 28, 2019 Reply Nicolas Morgan What's the point of buying a 7 string if your muting is good enough for an 8 string? July 28, 2019 Reply Malte D. Love your videos steve! There is one quesion left. What about 7 string vs. baritone to achieve in metal used B tuning? July 28, 2019 Reply Chickenbeek it's hard to go back to 6 from a 7. 6 starts to seem like a toy or like it's missing something. Like a string heh. July 28, 2019 Reply Jeremy Conner I be damm. Now I want a 7 string July 29, 2019 Reply P W Please do a footpedals video. July 29, 2019 Reply YT1344 sorry Steve, I watched your video to figure out that extra string is at the top or bottom. Still a question for me! July 29, 2019 Reply pingpongpung Disliked for having the title and description in Dutch, but the video in English. July 29, 2019 Reply Kyle M. I used to have a schecter seven string with active Seymour Duncan pups. Only two things I didn't like was the shape and weight.It sounded ferocious, though! July 29, 2019 Reply Tom Grenier The color change paint on that Ibanez is sick. July 29, 2019 Reply Chris Ian We all need a 7 string July 30, 2019 Reply Kyris Eiden I love playing a 12-string. it's hard to go backfrom 12 to 6… So I want 7 string…. I even felt it pull to it a 7-string.. July 30, 2019 Reply Fred Nesbitt Jr. So…You're tuning the added (7th) string to Standard Note: B1 (MIDI #35)…Are we on the same page?Grateful Fred July 30, 2019 Reply barry h Ive been playing 7’s for about 20 years. Reason is because I was getting tired of downtuning my 6’s to play Morbid Angel songs. Lol. Also if you buy a 7 string make sure to spend a bit of cash because buying a cheap one will annoy you. I bought a 2000 Universe uv777 and it is an absolute monster and plays very well compared to others I have tried. August 1, 2019 Reply Anne Vine I could write a movie script From some of the comments below, and call it Spinaltap 7😁 August 1, 2019 Reply ZDimitris One of the best advantage the 7string gave me was that i could play n practice both drop down tuning riffs and standard tuning riffs without further tuning needed in between. August 1, 2019 Reply Jorge035 I want to get a 7 string now to play Shogun and The Sin and The Sentence August 1, 2019 Reply Andrew Harper I have to admit a seven is something I have always been curious about since I heard Steve Vai had one. I don't like Nu Metal so that removes one reason to buy one. I understand that seven stringed instruments existed before the Universe but it popularised the concept among among rock guitarists previously it was mostly played by jazz players. I think it was one of the first electric seven strings. My problem is I feel a compulsion to buy so many different guitars I'll probably never get around to it. I'd like a twelve to fill out my rhythm playing and an archtop for those chill jazz moments. I already own five electrics an acoustic and a cigar box plus ukes. Logistically I probably wouldn't find enough time to fit it in. Especially since I seem to have fallen into trading guitars on the side to pay for my habit. Some people have drugs I have guitars ok? Sorry I haven't bought a guitar for about a week I'm starting to white knuckle. Have a good un all. August 1, 2019 Reply Danielm103 sold my 7, didn't like the 26.5" scale length, might try a 25.5" August 1, 2019 Reply Sohib Conner what about having a 6 string with 11-54 strings downtuned to A or B?not everyone can afford a 7 strings u know August 1, 2019 Reply YouArentValid A Change of Seasons, hell yes. Instant sub. August 1, 2019 Reply Yoshiro Ito Wich guitar is this at the beggenning of the video ?Mayones ? August 1, 2019 Reply Saul Urena I kinda wanted one for a while but I noticed I can just play a 6 string tuned to B. August 1, 2019 Reply The Fat Beaner Also, pretty sure everyone knows this but its worth the remunder.When you play a 6 in lower tunings, say from drop B to drop E, unless you have good pick ups its gonna sound muddy as hell, and personally i dont like how in a 6 string guitar obviously the lower yoy go the looser the strings become, like if you dont want this things to happen to you on a 6 string youll need to pay more cash just to adapt your guitar to go lower (like buying thicker strings, better pickups, etc).But when you have a 7 string all of that already comes in your guitar, like you dont need to make changes to the guitar because its already made to go lower than a 6 string.So if youre gonna play metal then DEFINETLY buy a 7 string. August 1, 2019 Reply Taylor Warren Yes is a right choice best choice in my guitar career I’ve ever made August 1, 2019 Reply Leon Barnardt wow, would love if you subbed me as well 🙂 August 2, 2019 Reply Taylor Pyramids It’s 2019 and I’ve been playing a seven string for nine years now. I don’t understand why people don’t just play a seven string. It’s more dynamic for every style of music. It’s not that big of a leap hahaha get with the times! August 2, 2019 Reply Project 2501 Rather listen to an experienced older/old school guy like him than to all these pseudos like Rabea and the others. August 2, 2019 Reply Haram Lasagne there is no reason to not use a 7 string tbh August 2, 2019 Reply Tsumuro I play more comfortably on a 7 string than on a 6 string. I prefer the thicker and wider neck. For some stupid reason I can also play faster and more accurate on a 7 string. August 2, 2019 Reply darkman237 Were you in C tuning? August 2, 2019 Reply JOTA If you have a singer that wants to be in different keys it also works to have more Low end August 2, 2019 Reply Masheen I wanna see this reviewed but with a 6 compared to say a 20 string lol August 2, 2019 Reply xplanet2112 I think the less you know the easier the transition is because you’re (I’m) clueless in the first place. I have a nice 8 too, it’s just another tool. 👍🏼 Actuality, and I digress, the longer scale length suggested by extended range guitars feels more natural to me as a bass player due to tension but that concept is now taken on by multi scale guitars due to the correct/assumed tension. n shit. August 2, 2019 Reply Neo Garlick yo seria feliz con una guitarra de 7 cuerdas XD August 2, 2019 Reply Abner Cestari I had a 10 year hiatus on playing guitar. I came back in 2017 with a 8 string Schecter, wasn't a big deal since I was re-learning how to play guitar again, August 3, 2019 Reply therugburnz If you think of the 7 string as a different instrument like one does when you transfer to bass. Tune it differently, all fourths is a decent way and scale length is important. He also mentioned fanned frets. That opens the possibility of fourth on the low strings and fifths on the hi strings. , Just admit you want to fire you bassist and do it all yourself before he buys a ten string bass and replaces you. August 3, 2019 Reply Kyle Singh Brock Second phrase of DT riff sounds identical to a classic deftones riff, thinking* my own summer/around the fur. August 3, 2019 Reply DougShablowski I tune 7th to A and get some bar chord action going. Only problem i have is 6 string guitars feel a bit odd now. August 4, 2019 Reply Luc Alberts 7 strings originate from Russia…. they are often referred to as the Russian guitar. Vai has nothing to do with it. August 4, 2019 Reply Tilen Mauhar 0:30 whats the name of that guitar August 4, 2019 Reply vumpirekizz croix I choose 7 because I don't need to drop 6th string just to get that baritone tuning. August 4, 2019 Reply Jaejae fuentez 6 string – Strandard E to Drop C7 string – Standard B to Drop G8 string – Standard F# to Drop E9 string – are you being serious? Just go buy a bass guitar. You're already past Drop E with an 8 string August 4, 2019 Reply AriaMehr my guitarist friend told me 6 string is not good for metal, not anymore !you need at least a 7 string so you can play Metal !yes, hes in a Metalcore band ! August 4, 2019 Reply ken masters Try a 8 sting Steven and let us know what you think! 🙂 August 4, 2019 Reply Daniel Malloy Korn popularized the 7 string guitar and used it for drop tuning that are prevalent in grindcore, etc. August 5, 2019 Reply Daniel Malloy I dont use strings I use flames of fire August 5, 2019 Reply Joe Brooks Steve Vai came out with a 7 string is '93 I think. John Petrucci used his guitar on the Awake album. KORN came out in '94 and had them too but I think Steve Vai started it. August 7, 2019 Reply Moore Outdoor Can't believe you didn't mention Korn.I am a bass player for the most part but hate 5 string basses. I did pick up a 7 string guitar once and played on it and it didn't mess me up like a 5 string bass does. August 11, 2019 Reply สิทธิชาติ ปุกมณี WOW ( !!0-0!!) August 15, 2019 Reply Josh Jyreh Taccad i ask my father to buy me my first beginner electric guitar because i want to learn how to play a guitar, and i didn't expect that my father bought me a 9 string guitar which is Ibanez RG9 and it was like ? welcome to your first guitar tutorial our lesson for today is all about (Through The Fire And Flames by Dragon force) September 10, 2019 Reply Luke McCann Just got my first 7 string, I expected the transition to be difficult but have found I can still play everything I could on a 6 with ease, working on my muting a bit more as sometimes the low B rings out after a fast lick in a solo, but other than that no issues (I do have fairly large hands so my palm does cover all the strings). I love the 7's so far due to the additional notes in closer proximity and the ability to expand my scales to the 7th. I agree with the neck, at least on my Demon (also 26.5 scale length) the neck feels comparable to a lot of my higher end 6 strings (and even better than some of them) my next guitar in sight is the Cort 7 string multi-scale. I find you can get some really interesting chords from the 7 as well if you tune the B to an A then you have extended chords across the neck. I mostly got the 7 to avoid switching between tunings all the time, but found it to be even more versatile than expected already, I tend to take some of the riffs I always play and expand them to the 7th string when I want the same note to sound a bit thicker (e.g. in the crazy train intro riff, playing an open E for the first then the last E of the riff on the B string). it is also probably worth noting I learned all of my visualisation and scales from the high E string, so the 7th string doesn't really mess me up in that perspective (another thing to consider). 26.5 is a great scale length for 7's, I have yet to try a fan-fret guitar but hope to try that Cort soon to see how they feel. I can see myself playing 7's a lot more for the foreseeable future. Finding your lessons very useful for getting out of my go-to riffs and expanding my improvisation repertoire Steve thank you! September 19, 2019 Reply Add a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. 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