Hey guys First and foremost: I play a MIJ seven string Jackson COW 7 guitar myself, and I want everybody to play whatever guitar makes them happy. I've been playing a seven string for about six months now and I don't find myself making full use of the full range of the instrument. I play my seven like a six string, with the added enjoyment of chugging on a low B instead of a low E. I'm aware that a seven offers additional chord voicings in the lower register due to the addition of the low B string, as well as additional chord voicing and lead playing options due to the high E string. Now, there are metal guitarists out there who make full use of the whole range of a seven or eight string, and that's awesome. But these seem to be in the minority. Most of the time, I've noticed that seven or eight string guitarists don't really make use of the extended range of a seven or eight string guitar. To put it more bluntly, they just chug on the guitar's lowest strings, because br00tz, and that's it. So, without wanting to tread on anybody's toes, I'd like to discuss whether seven and eight string guitars aren't a bit of a fad, since most players don't seem making full use of their extended range. You see, many metal bands tune six string guitars to B standard or lower. In doing so, they reach the low tuning that a seven offers, without the added complexity (additional high string). Now, let's take the hypothetical example of a metal band playing on seven string guitars tuned to B. Let's pretend this band doesn't make use of the seven string guitar's high E string in any of their rhythms or leads. So it kind of begs the question... what exactly is the point of having them playing on seven string guitars? Couldn't they just use a six string tuned to B instead? In many cases I don't find production line seven string guitars to even differ that much from their six string counterparts. They'll both have a 25.5 inch scale and active pickups. So, if the high E string isn't being used, what's the point? Furthermore, there's no lack of six strings that are built for lower tunings. For example, there are baritone six string guitars with 26.5 inch, 27 inch, or even longer scale lengths, that can most probably match the low tuning of any seven or eight string guitar out there. So let's be honest here. Given that a significant portion of players don't seem to be making use of the extended range of seven or eight string guitars, then why are they a thing in the first place? Is it because players like the feel of a heftier guitar? Is it because players can buy a guitar off the shelf without having to mess with setup, tuning, intonation to achieve low tunings? Is it because it looks cool on stage? If you don't make use of the increased range of a seven or eight string, what exactly is your reason for playing one in the first place? Please don't get me wrong. I'm not trying to put down anybody's choice of guitar, be it a six, seven, or eight string. Play what makes you happy. I also play a seven string, I like how it feels and plays, and in my opinion it's quite a different instrument than a six string. Nonetheless I'd like to understand exactly what is driving the proliferation of seven and eight string guitars, given that their extended range is not always being put to full use. Let me know your thoughts.