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Group for discussion of seven string guitars


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  • Craig

    Hey Max,

    I read material from several sources that some old school 7 string Jazz players would use a high A string (E-A-D-g-b-e-a) to extend the higher registers.  Once 7 strings became more popular with non-Jazz players and solid body 7strings with 25.5" or greater scale lengths were being made, the addition of the low B string became the norm because at the longer scale lengths, the high A strings were now prone to breaking.  This was something I was not aware of until I started doing research prior to buying my 7 string.  There is a lot ouf interesting history of extended-ranger guitars.

    • Max D. Stengah

      Very interesting ! I've learned something today !
      As you said the guitar was made for this tuning with a shorter scale, and like you said before, today the 7 strings guitars have longer scales.
      So I think it's not possible to tune the guitar with a high A without breaking it, not even Steve Vai !

    • Craig

      Max, the person best known for using a EADGbea tuning is the late Jazz guitarist Lenny Breau.  He played a custom made 7 string with a shorter scale (22.75") to keep the high A string from breaking.  There are several videos of him playing on Youtube.  Steve Vai also experimented with a high A string for awhile, but had problems with it breaking and went with a low B instead.

    • Max D. Stengah

      Craig, You are the first and only person I heard talking about adding a higher string on 7 strings guitar...
      What I read about old jazzmen tuning a 7 strings is to drop the 7th string low B to A, like I said... but there are no rules, every one is free to tune its guitar as wanted.
      I'm curious that you make me see a video of a guitarist playing with that tuning... (EADgbea)

  • Craig

    Most 7 strings have an added low B string, although I've heard of some people adding a high A string instead.

  • Kjetil (GRIM) Remen

    What string do you add on to a 7 string guitar? I have never played on so I*m woundering. Always wanted to try but never have.

  • Craig

    A zombie apocalypse....an invasion of the undead....would be an improvement over the silence here now.  Come on fellow 7 stringers.  Speak your minds.  I'm fairly new to 7 strings, so any input would be highly informative.

  • Craig

    Is there anyone out there? <echo>