Will I need 7 strings for Post-Metal/Post-Black Metal?

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  1. Enigma1995

    Enigma1995 Member

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    Recently i've noticed a lot of people using 7 string guitars for all styles of music. Personally i've been practicing with a 6 string and i've got used to it, and my plaiying genre is Post-Black Metal and i also like jazzy clean sounds.

    I want to buy a new guitar, but i dont know will i need a 7 one or a 6? are 7 guitars a big deal? Thanks in advance.:wavey::wavey:
     
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    In a word? No.

    You'll only ever need whatever gear inspires you and allows you to create the music that you want to. If you can do everything on a 6-string guitar, then that's all you need.

    A 7-string guitar is just a 6-string guitar with an extra string. The only thing it allows you to do that a 6-string doesn't is reach 5 more notes in a single position.

    It really comes down to what you want to do with music. Try out some 7-string guitars, and if they feel like something you enjoy playing and will use, then definitely get one. From experience, if you get one just so you can play a few songs from other artists that use a 7-string, you may not find it a wise investment... but it's really all in what you make of it.
     
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    No. I use a 6er in drop c for my experimental black metal.

    It's all about the sound or atmosphere you want to produce. If you think a seven can get the job done then buy one.

    I have a seven and never use it for this style, but that's just me.
     
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    If you're doing something sort of like Pelican, then yeah a 7 string would be great. If your stuff is more like Agalloch or Deafheaven however, then a 6 string is fine
     
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    Pelican does just fine at getting a Pelican sound with Gibson-style 6s ;)
     
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    In my experience, it's nearly impossible to play any post- or prog- music with anything less than 7 strings. For me, as soon as I hear the guitar track with only a 6 string guitar I think "oh, you hear that low B? That's definitely only the 6th string. This isn't post music," and I immediately turn it off. Food for thought.
     
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    Yeah but imagine Pelican with some high-e ambient textures :agreed:
     
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    And I can say the same about 7-8 string guitars, they don't sound real, mainly because the notes are lower and the amps/speakers cant
    handle it, very sterile.
     
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    The difference being that he was almost entirely sarcastic, because adding a string doesn't change how any of the others sound - the low B of a 6-string tuned to B Standard will sound the same as the low B on an otherwise identical 7, 8, 9, 32, or 4,000 string guitar.

    Which kind of applies back to your post - there's nothing about 7 or 8 string guitars that "don't sound real" to you, it's low-tuned notes in a guitar context that don't sound... "real". Whatever that means.
     
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    No. That being said, if you're on a 7 and you only end up using six, no big deal. If you're on a 6 and you want to dip into that little bit of extra range you won't be able to. Need is a strong word.
     
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    Being tuned to low B, or A, being tuned that low, there is no definition, guys that tune down low think they are heavy, they sound fake, notes get lost, I don't tune to B or A, don't need to, it's that style of music that all sounds the same to me.

    Just let Steve Vai and Meshuggah have their thing. (I'm only being sarcastic!)
     
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    What's the difference between Black Metal and Post-Black Metal?
     
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    Play what inspires you, the only reason to go more strings or extended ranges is if you want to tune lower than is sensible on a 6er :)
     
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    Post black metal has post rock influence. Listen to Ghosts of Midwinter Fires by Agalloch and compare it to Transylvanian Hunger by Darkthrone
     
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    I'm going to admit that I haven't heard that specific Agalloch song, but Agalloch is not black metal, and I'm loathe to believe that the song is post black metal


    What post-black metal actually is is more like this

    Played on 6 strings, for the record.
     
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    Do whatever pleases you-that is the way of metal. Forget all others. Forget this comment.:hbang:
     

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