Do any of you Actually use all 7 strings?

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  1. Rotatous

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    Yep, I use all 7 strings- mainly for large chords and leads. If I didn't use them all I'd probably have a 6 string as my main axe.


    Lets face it though- a LOT of kids these days 'just want 2 djentz' and pound the lowest string at odd rhythms, which just makes me laugh :lol:
     
  2. BlacKat Guitars

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    I don't use G string, because it kind of sucks anyway...
     
  3. TheKindred

    TheKindred TimeTravel Innovator

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    An average 7 is more comfortable in my hand than an average 6, regardless of what tuning or where I'm playing on the neck.

    To paraphrase your own analogy, both of these will suffice to get me from point A to point B ...

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    ... but I'd certainly be more comfortable in one over the other, even though I can operate them at the same speeds.
     
  4. MrPepperoniNipples

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    I only use 6, most of the time

    The 7th hardly gets used
     
  5. HUGH JAYNUS

    HUGH JAYNUS I’m a grown ass man

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  6. HUGH JAYNUS

    HUGH JAYNUS I’m a grown ass man

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    and the guy from Crazy Town back in the day only play 5 of his 6 string guitar. he didnt even have a high E string on it at all
     
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    I try to be as versatile as possible granted I just added a 7 to my guitarsenal but I try to use them all maybe not in every song though
     
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  9. Double A

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    That is not the way music works. Also, punctuation.
     
  10. skeels

    skeels ..to pay the beels

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    This is like the old question of whether or not someone uses their pinky.

    Except you don't pay extra for your pinky, I suppose.
     
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    skeels ..to pay the beels

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    :)
     
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  12. Yo_Wattup

    Yo_Wattup Kick the Butterfly

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    If you don't use all the strings then why get a 7? Get a 6 and down tune it... I use every string in every 7 string song I write, I find it challenging NOT to use every string.. this thread makes me sad.
     
  13. ramses

    ramses Guitar/pizza regular

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    Yes ... 7 string guitars are amazing for solo-guitar arrangements (and by solo, I do not mean single note lead playing).

    It is awesome when comping and at the same time doing walking bass lines.
     
  14. Splinterhead

    Splinterhead Sojourner Contributor

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    I use 'em all. Its really dependent on what I'm playing that dictates what strings I'll use. If I'm teaching a classic rock tune I ain't gonna be on the low B or F#. If I'm reinterpreting some cool fusion tunes then those strings will be coming into play. I think the more strings the better. I get a built in 6 and 7 string guitar. I get cool chord shapes that can't be done on a sixer, I get cool arp shapes, cool mode forms. I get a whole different perspective on what the fretboard looks like with 8 strings. Its not like we have to use all the notes on all the strings all the time. We have what we need when we need it. Plus I get to piss off the bass player. ;)
     
  15. velopodband

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    I personally try to use the full range. I mainly bought my 7 so I could make some of those really cool extended chords that take advantage of most or all of the strings, and incorporate them into my music. Here's some old examples from one of my old projects when I first got my 7 string:
    https://soundcloud.com/officialpulseband/love-as-a-lifesource-updated-1
    https://soundcloud.com/officialpulseband/a-bond-unbroken

    I also bought it for jazz and classical playing, so that uses the range pretty well.

    Nowadays, with this Velopod project I've recently started with a couple of my friends, we are trying to do a fusion of djent and southern rock/metal, which I think uses most of the range, maybe a little less of the high end:
    https://soundcloud.com/velopodband/little-riff-teaser

    But anyways yeah I try to use the full range whenever possible...I bought the guitar because I wanted an extended range, not just to downtune lol. But hey, low end chugging can sound pretty cool if used tastefully.
     
  16. RGA8

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    I use all 8 strings ;^)
     
  17. ASoC

    ASoC Downpicker \m/

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    THIS :lol:

    Now when I look at guitars, I can tell how many strings it has really quickly.

    If the neck looks tiny, its a 6
    If the neck looks massive, its an 8+
    If the neck looks like its the right size its a 7

    Now, with regards to the OP: I use my standard tuned 7 to play both my original material (written for b standard) and 6 string covers. So, yes, I use all the strings. :fawk:
     
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    I would pay extra for a sweet modded after-market pinky...
     
  19. UV7BK4LIFE

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    I bought an 8 string because 6 string triple neck baritones look ridiculous, are heavy and uncomfortable to play. In other words, to me it's like having three six strings with different tunings.

    And I like the resonance of wide flat maple necks.

    I couldn't care less about people that think they can determine what you should do with your guitar.
     
  20. The Reverend

    The Reverend GHETTO KING OF SWAG

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    Not this thread again.

    I suppose I do, though the thought never crosses my mind. I'll tremolo pick a delay- and reverb-drenched melody over an alternate picked chord progression, or I'll use chords that I'm familiar with on the higher strings, but it's always an instinctual thing. If I'm riffing, I almost never go higher than the D string on my Drop A tuned guitar. The timbre doesn't hold up as well for my tastes, except for little runs and flourishes.

    But really, why the fuck does it matter?
     
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