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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-14-2008, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
 
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Seven Strings for music other than metal..

I've always been interested in 7's. Does anyone out there use these for music such as straight rock or pop? I'm into alternative ideas...
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I've always been interested in 7's. Does anyone out there use these for music such as straight rock or pop? I'm into alternative ideas...
When Steve hosted the headbangers Ball back in the 90's he introd the Uni and said it could be used for anything like Jazz Lines and stuff. Do a youtube search.
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Re: Seven Strings for music other than metal..

The UV is a great jazz instrument bone stock, despite the flashy look
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I use it also for pop-rock (ala dire straits) (only for a short time now) even if I don't think I could influence noone...!
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Re: Seven Strings for music other than metal..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZodxsaYVU4
7 string jazz guitars are rare, but theyre out there!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbIkWZucWXo
7 string classical, same story as with jazz
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The Story Goes:

in the late 1930's and 40's the large jazz-box acoustics were all the rage with bands like the Dorsey Brothers, Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington and Count Basie.
These players also did solo gigs in the speakeasys and illegal gin mills (alcohol was against the law). Anyway, these dudes doing solo gigs developed the extra bass string so they could play walking bass lines along with chords and sound more like the whole band. 7-string guitars were common back then.
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I use it also for pop-rock (ala dire straits) (only for a short time now) even if I don't think I could influence noone...!
Same here, I swapped the pickups in my 1527 for Duncans, I use it for softer rock, metal, some small amounts of jazz, and even some Jack Johnson-styled music. Depending on the pickups and switching options you choose, you can do most anything with a 7
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Re: Seven Strings for music other than metal..

I've played only 7's for years now and I never play what I would call metal, only rock/heavy rock, but a seven string still suits it perfectly. And our bass player uses a 5-string so when we both hit a low B, C or D you can really feel it. Also the extra string just helps so you don't have to go down the neck when you're soloing, you can just cross down to the bottom string instead. I also have an eight string and that's even better for it because you have a whole other octave in each position before you need to drop down the neck.
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I do not play metal... I use my 7 for Rock to Jazzy stuff.
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7 String Samba..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1F08b...eature=related

7 String Russian Gypsy Duet
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Yeah, 7's caught on for jazz decades before metal.

I've played my sevens in blues/blues-rock bands before with no issues or weird looks, and I write in sort of a prog-blues vein. It certainly works. Also, the lower range through the rtight amp sounds positively righteous for country, of all things.
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You crazy ****, Drew. That's cool though. I'd actually really like to hear a 7 in some country. I can imagine that it'd belt out some badass tones with a little bit of southern flair, haha.

I actually use a 7 string to write clean stuff more than anything. The lower notes allow for fuller sense of chord voicing as well as solo performances. When it comes to clean, depressing/pretty stuff, more notes definitely = better.

Edit: Somewhere along the lines, I was informed that Steve Vai created the 7 string in response to Zappa needing an instrument that can transcribe music written on a bass clarinet. I guess it was a little naive of me to not look into it more, but it does make more sense that 7 strings have been around a lot longer than that.
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Edit: Somewhere along the lines, I was informed that Steve Vai created the 7 string in response to Zappa needing an instrument that can transcribe music written on a bass clarinet. I guess it was a little naive of me to not look into it more, but it does make more sense that 7 strings have been around a lot longer than that.
Well, "technically" Alex Gregory hold the first patent on the world first solid body 7 string electric (a Fender with a high A) Vai had the first successful commercialization and popularization of one with a low B. But Gregory is a D-bag so we don't really talk about it much.

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Well, "technically" Alex Gregory hold the first patent on the world first solid body 7 string electric (a Fender with a high A) Vai had the first successful commercialization and popularization of one with a low B. But Gregory is a D-bag so we don't really talk about it much.
Actually, I googled the patent a year or so back. He does have a patent for the seven string guitar, but if I recall right it's dated a year after the release of Passion and Warfare. At most, one year before, and by then Steve and Ibanez were already at work.
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Actually, I googled the patent a year or so back. He does have a patent for the seven string guitar, but if I recall right it's dated a year after the release of Passion and Warfare. At most, one year before, and by then Steve and Ibanez were already at work.
Passion was out September 1990 and the patent was filed 12/31/1990, good catch, I thought it was filed in the late 80's.
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