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post Apr 8 2010, 11:44 PM
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i'm looking at a seven string , is their any difference or what is it between 27 and 25.5
and don't tell me it is a inch and a half dry.gif
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post Apr 9 2010, 02:31 AM
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The fret spacing of the first 12 frets added together is a 27 instead of 25.5 inches; this results in slightly bigger individual frets and a longer neck overall.

The string tensiion is increased due to the longer scale (so for examples 9s will feel like 10s....) This is especially good for low tunigs as it keeps clarity for the notes. The longer scale makes it a bit more difficult to play though (longers stretches, etc...)


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post Apr 9 2010, 02:44 AM
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Zakks right, The tension will be increased which is what you want for a 7 string I think, since its natural tuning is B Standard you dont want the strings flopping around or sounding too muddy, which happens on a lot of 6 strings that are tuned that low and dont have proper prep work done to them.

My 7 string has the same scale length, You will notice that the frets can be a bit more difficult to reach, But its nothing that can really affect your overall playing. After a few days, maybe 15 hours of playing with it I hardly noticed it after that, Its more natural to me now than any 6 string is.

Bonus too, is when you switch to a smaller scale, its a lot easier to play, feels smoother. I think it also increases your endurance as well, the slightly wider neck can make you do a bit more work, especially when your string skipping, or play high notes on the low strings, But once again, after awhile you wont notice it.

Thats just how it went for me, I have been playing a 7 string for 2 years and I played a 6 string for almost 5 before that, And the switch was kind of smooth actually.
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post Apr 9 2010, 03:10 AM
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thanks
but so would you just put 10's on your shorter scale for the same feel
i'm not the tallest , so i don't have the best stretch
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post Apr 9 2010, 04:06 AM
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The problem comes when you want to play on an 8 string guitar. Trust me, it can be painful. Hahaha


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