What inspired you to play 7 strings?

Discussion in 'Sevenstring Guitars' started by neantir, Jul 15, 2004.

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  1. neantir

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    Hey people. My name's David, from Sydney Australia, and a 7 string addict. Cool to see a dedicated website for these awesome instruments.

    Thread title says it all. Personally, Morbid Angel inspired me to check out 7 strings with tracks like God of Emptiness and Where the Slime Live. These songs are some of the heaviest ever recorded and when I heard them I thought to myself this is something i need to investigate!

    The first 7 string I played was a crappy Ibanez AX that was cool but didnt impress me that much: the neck was far from comfortable and the sound wasnt great either. I was still interested though. Soon after, I picked up an ESP LTD 7, and immediately I knew that I had to have one. Since then I've been utterly hooked. Most 6 strings feel like toys to me. No going back!
     
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    Chris D Fiddich or Morangie???

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    I knew I'd eventually have to go for a 7-stringer, I'd always tuned down low. The band I was in usually tuned 6-strings to B ( I was in a DeathMetal band in the late 80s-early 90s, we toured loads supporting BoltThrower & gigged with bands like Carcass, Napalm Death etc, ( good times! ) & we all tuned well low ) but what I din't like was the loss of high notes for soloing.
    After that I played a 5-string bass for a good while which really got me into the low B thing & opened my head/hands up loads... My time on 5string bass really helped a lot & I found a 7-string guitar really easy to adjust to.

    BTW I recently jammed with a couple of mates, playing my 6-string, & yeah, it just felt like a toy! I really missed the extra range & kept going to run down off the bottom of the neck!
     
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    Dream Theater's Awake album. :D
     
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    +1 :agreed:
     
  5. Chris

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    I had a buddy growing up who had one, let me fiddle with it here and there, and as soon as I could afford one of my own, I bought one. :)

    Oh, and +2 for DT's awake. :D
     
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    planet x - universe and of course Awake from DT
     
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    long story not-so-long...

    got into satriani in summer 1999, got hooked on the satriani.com chatroom, met peeps in there, migrated to the vai.com board, met MORE peeps, migrated to Jemsite searching for a ride to Jemfest 2k1, met MORE peeps.

    essentially, i just kinda fell in with the right crowd :D
     
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    Carcass, Nevermore, Rusty Cooley & Francesco fareri
    lol

    Just seeing the available options that the extra string had was enough.
     
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    Nevermore's songs- River dragon and Sound of silence
     
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    Dream Theater - Lie.


    enuff said :)
     
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    :agreed:

    also, A Change of Seasons.
     
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    Oh hell yes.
     
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    sararose w3rd.

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    in short... my uncle who plays in a band in Puerto Rico.
    ...and this site ;)


    ...and doing nothing but sitting on my ass this summer :(
     
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    The way I see it is like this, though it's not so much what inspired me, moreas to why I stayed with the sevens.

    I'm a musician, and I consider myself an artist. I have a great speech that I give from time to time after a few too many beers, and it's basic concept is that a "guitarist" is anyone who walks into Guitar Center, whips out the Visa card and buys that Strat on the wall. You own a guitar, you play it, you're a guitarist.

    The point you reach when what you play is exactly what's in your head, and you don't have to think about it - it just comes out naturally: That's when you become a musician. To me at least, the seven is just an additional way that I can express myself. Yeah, I could play a 9 string, or a 25 string for the sake of argument, but the sevenstring is an instrument that I can comfortably play naturally, much to the chagrin of a lot of hardcore "six strings only" minded folks.

    I'm an artist. My canvas isn't paper, it's sound. I don't use brushes, I use strings and a pick. But music is art nonetheless, and anything that is a tool that can expand the way you express yourself without compromise is worth it in my book. Imagine with Leonardo DaVinci could have done with Photoshop.

    My .2c.
     
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    I hear what you're saying Chris. I like to take the self-appreciation a step further :)

    I think that anyone who picks up a guitar is a guitar player. Someone who uses the guitar to express an original art is a guitarist (i.e. artist). Someone who is accomplished on one or more instruments and can use various instruments to get the sounds they want is a true musician. So in many ways I agree with you. :)
     
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    Been learnin River Dragon. The solo is all sorts of Crazy semi-atonal dimished stuff, its awesome.
     
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    Initially, Vai's "Passion & Warfare" album. Shortly after that, I bought one of the early Universes (the black and green one) in 1991. But I didn't get into having the extra string at that time and sold it shortly thereafter.

    After getting away from metal altogether in the mid-90s, I got back into metal in a big way a couple of years ago after discovering the European underground metal scene. As I started regularly tuning my six-strings down to D and C#, I figured it might be time to try a seven-string again. Got my Schecter V-7 for dirt cheap and instantly took to it--then I got a Schecter A-7 Elite to get a neckthru guitar and get away from basswood bodies, which I don't think work well on seven-stringers.

    As I prefer Jackson necks to anything else, I'm looking to get a DR-7 at the moment, with the ultimate goal of getting a custom-shop seven-string Soloist when I scrounge up the $$$.
     
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    I had a similar experience to jacksonplayer in that I tried the first UV7's when they came out just after Passion & Warefare, I simply didn't like them at the time. When I started getting into Dream Theater (Awake & Change of Seasons) & the like, I figured I should give the 7 string guitar second try, especially since Ibanez had redesigned the UV (ie. the current UV777BK). I tried it, absolutely loved it, bought it & will never part with it.

    So yeah, I guess my inspiration to get a 7 string was John Petrucci on Awake & Change of Seasons.

    Catch ya's later.......Joe :)
     
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    to play korn, then later dream theater, then later my own stuff, and now just play.
     
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    You got it. :D

    I listened to that album so many damn times after I got it, I knew I would end up with a 7. I got my UV in '95, and still love it, still have lots to learn on it. Whenever I have a really agressive song in my head, I almost always write it and record it with the UV. The initial physical challenge of playing it as well as my 6s made me a much better player too.
     
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