Help me decide! HB 8 vs Jackson 7

Discussion in 'Beginners/FAQ' started by LaurensG, Aug 27, 2013.

  1. LaurensG

    LaurensG Well-Known Member

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    Hi everyone, once again, i need some help deciding.

    So, recently i posted a thread asking for help to decide for my first 7 string..
    i chose the new 2013 JS22-7 , but i cant order it yet, so im still waiting. :scratch:

    now, some of the bands i listen to use 8-strings, F# and stuff.. and i'd like to do that too... :rolleyes:

    so before ordering anything, i want to ask others for their opinions, ..
    Should i get a Harley Benton R-458 (8-string) instead,
    Or stick with the JS22-7 and then eventually use an 8-string gauge set to tune it down?

    Im familiar with jacksons and love them,
    The reason im not sure is because Harley Benton has a quite bad rep, and im not sure how easy it will be to adapt to two extra strings, and the wide neck. (can i play normal 6 string stuff easily on it too, without the two strings getting in the way too much? and also, do you think the thick 8-string set will fit through the 7-string holes & nut?)

    No other guitars please, except if they are as cheap as these two :lol:

    Thanks :metal:
     
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    LaurensG Well-Known Member

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    tyler_faith_08 Strings of Chaos

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    I'd say to go with the 8 string. More frequency range, it's designed to accept the larger strings, and you can go to a lower pitch without hafving to tune down. The 7 string can be made to accept larger string gauges, but it's a light modding affair in some cases.

    As far as playing it, the 2 strings throw your eyes off more than anything. You'll have to adjust from going from the lowest 2 strings to play this or that note to where you're playing the 3rd and 4th string. It's not much, kind of like a week-2 week transitional period.

    As far as Jackson, I'm a die-hard fan and always will be, but I've heard some very good and very bad things about the 7 string models.

    I'd also recommend looking for some used gear. I picked up my 7620 for 380 and my Wolfgang for 400 shipped. These are VERY high quality guitars that I acquired for the price of a low end guitar.
     
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    LaurensG Well-Known Member

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    about used gear - where i live its quite hard to find 7 or 8 strings, used, for a good price.. & what you said is true, but Harley benton has a really bad reputation in general.. and as far as stock pickups, jackson's are better, right?

    hahah, i feel like pulling my hair out cause i really dont know what to do :lol:

    Thanks a lot for the answer by the way!! :metal:
     

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