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how low can you tune a 7

Discussion in 'Backline' started by Rupturemetal, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. Rupturemetal

    Rupturemetal I am rape-I am hate

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    Can you get a 7 string down to F# without issues? Guitar would be 26.5 scale.
     
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    pattonfreak1 Bored Member

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    Could probably work okay... maybe. I know the Ibanez 8 strings (tuned to F#) are 27" scale. So I'd think it'd be possible with a proper setup for it.
     
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    ahjteam Anssi Tenhunen

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    well, dropping from E to C on 6 string is is 4 semitones, dropping from B to F# on 7 string is 5 semitones, so should it be doable.
     
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    possible, just get 70 for the low F or just get used to play with flabby strings.
     
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    crazykarl Captain Insano

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    You'll need to find a string gauge that can be achieve proper intonation for your scale length. This may mean filing the nut to get it to fit. If you're using a double locking system this would be easier. Just string it up like a standard 8-string without the high E.
     
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    I've had my 7 in drop F before, which is G standard with the lowest string a step down. At that point, the bass guitar turned to absolute mush. So I stopped doing that, heh.
     
  7. Robert W

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    Thinking you might run into some intonation issues using a 26.5" scale.

    I went from a 7 to an 8, and am glad I did, as it solved a lot of probs I was having playing a down-tuned 7.
     
  8. Rupturemetal

    Rupturemetal I am rape-I am hate

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    Schecter 8's are 26.5
     
  9. Harry Hughes

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    You can get away with it, for sure. Would the tightness of the sound be ideal? Not really. I've played the Schecter 8 string Hellraiser before and felt the tightness of the low F# string tonally was sub-optimimal.
    As it is, a low A string on a 25.5 inch scale guitar is pushing things, so I honestly wouldn't go any lower than G# on a 26.5 inch scale.
    If you wanna go to F#, you should seriously think of getting at least a 27 inch scale guitar, but preferably an even longer scale
     
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    I wouldn't get an 8 string Schecter. If you go 8, you're going to want something in the 28"-30" range.
     
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    D.Vial Monster Lick

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    Welcome to the percussive guitar era.
     
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    if6was9 Ireland

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    If you get strings thick enough you won't have any issues. I'd an Epi LP with a low E string that had a decent tension, intonation and good tone. It took a gauge .90 string but it worked great.
     

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