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How many strings do you prefer?
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thefireball
post Nov 28 2010, 02:00 AM
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I walked into a guitar shop today and tried out an 8 string Ibanez Guitar. It was cool, but it was a MONSTER!!! ohmy.gif And the lowest string was way too low for me. I'll definitely go for a 7 string instead. I think it will suit my needs better. Here's a video I made back in June when I first played a 7 string.



I dunno, what 7 string guitar should I get? Ibanez, LTD/ESP...?? What is your experience?

And on a side note, I put a poll in just for fun. I figure the count will be 6 outnumbering all. I think I will vote 7, since I have a taste of what if feels like. smile.gif


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post Nov 28 2010, 02:22 AM
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Depends on what sounds you want to achieve, how much money you can spend an which shape you prefer...

I got a J. Custom Ibanez 7 String RG and it's an incredible guitar but it's also hard to get one and they are pretty expensive.


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post Nov 28 2010, 02:38 AM
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Any Ibanez, Dean, Or Schecter 7 strings are built extremely well and sound amazing, I own an Ibanez and Dean one and its hard to choose between the two. ESP Never felt too good to me, but its all personal preference.

As for an 8 string, I played the Ibanez 8 string when it came out, and I thought it was awesome. Surprisingly comfortable, size didn't interfere too much when you played in the classical position. Practically though, I wouldn't know what to do with an 8 string, other than play Meshuggah songs laugh.gif
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post Nov 28 2010, 03:36 AM
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I think I'd like to stay under 1000 USD if I could. I like the soloist shape as well.


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http://www.samash.com/webapp/wcs/stores/se...&iscached=N

First 6 are under $1000, and all of them are excellent guitars.
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post Nov 28 2010, 04:20 AM
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Cool!! smile.gif You know, that first one looks like the one I saw today. That guy bought it though. I might just have the shop order one and then I can try it out...if I like it...i'll buy!! biggrin.gif But it will be a while. I'm still saving.


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post Nov 28 2010, 02:02 PM
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To me 8 String guitars are pretty much useless bull****...

The lowest string is tuned to F# which is the same tone second fret on a bass guitar! The tuning is way to low to get a defined tone out of the guitar. The only bands that are capable of somehow utilising this low string are Animals as Leaders and Meshuggah - and they have to rely on modeling amps (axe Fx and Line 6 amps) because real tube amps would only produce mudd with string gauges of 10-80 or above...

And even with meshuggah or Tosin Abasi the lowest string isn't really used as traditional guitar string but more as a percussion instrument for low tones that you can pedal off onto the higher strings.


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post Nov 28 2010, 04:26 PM
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QUOTE (ZakkWylde @ Nov 28 2010, 07:02 AM) *
To me 8 String guitars are pretty much useless bull****...

The lowest string is tuned to F# which is the same tone second fret on a bass guitar! The tuning is way to low to get a defined tone out of the guitar. The only bands that are capable of somehow utilising this low string are Animals as Leaders and Meshuggah - and they have to rely on modeling amps (axe Fx and Line 6 amps) because real tube amps would only produce mudd with string gauges of 10-80 or above...

And even with meshuggah or Tosin Abasi the lowest string isn't really used as traditional guitar string but more as a percussion instrument for low tones that you can pedal off onto the higher strings.


That's what I was thinking...


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post Nov 28 2010, 06:13 PM
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I would like to use a 7 string guitar, but 6 strings is enough for me. If you can't do it on 6 of them, 7th won't do good. I tend to break strings tho, and can finish gigs on 5 of them no problem. So with 7 string, I would end up with 6, which is not that bad too smile.gif


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post Nov 29 2010, 12:45 AM
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QUOTE (ZakkWylde @ Nov 28 2010, 03:02 PM) *
To me 8 String guitars are pretty much useless bull****...

The lowest string is tuned to F# which is the same tone second fret on a bass guitar! The tuning is way to low to get a defined tone out of the guitar. The only bands that are capable of somehow utilising this low string are Animals as Leaders and Meshuggah - and they have to rely on modeling amps (axe Fx and Line 6 amps) because real tube amps would only produce mudd with string gauges of 10-80 or above...

And even with meshuggah or Tosin Abasi the lowest string isn't really used as traditional guitar string but more as a percussion instrument for low tones that you can pedal off onto the higher strings.

I support your opinion Zakk, very well put smile.gif


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post Nov 29 2010, 01:00 AM
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I dont see how an 8 string is useless. Whatever creates the sound youre after! And more options, the more options smile.gif
After buying two 7 strings, I definitely prefer those. 6 strings seem so... fragile and small now. I like the wideness of the 7 string. smile.gif
I do want to try a 8 string or a 9 string (EADEADGBe.)though smile.gif

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post Nov 29 2010, 10:54 AM
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QUOTE (Sollesnes @ Nov 29 2010, 01:00 AM) *
I dont see how an 8 string is useless. Whatever creates the sound youre after! And more options, the more options smile.gif
After buying two 7 strings, I definitely prefer those. 6 strings seem so... fragile and small now. I like the wideness of the 7 string. smile.gif
I do want to try a 8 string or a 9 string (EADEADGBe.)though smile.gif


haha a 9 string.. if those things get more strings, you'll have to play on it like a piano tongue.gif ( or the strings are set up as a 12 string wink.gif )


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