n. A guitar with
an additional string, most often tuned to a B (one fourth below the low E string). Originally used by several jazz artists
to extend their ability
to chord and play basslines. Was not introduced to the mass market until the early 1990's by Steve Vai.
The instrument did not gain in popularity until bands such as Korn began using them in the mid 1990's. For this
reason, the seven string guitar
is often erroneously viewed as just a "nu metal
Currently, seven strings
can be seen in a variety
of roles in various hard rock and metal
is often to achieve crushing lows
without the loss of any solo range from detuning. Though widely accepted within these niche roles, it is rarely seen elsewhere.
of guitar manufacturers
are currently producing this unique
instrument. Ibanez, who started the trend, still turns out new models
fairly regularly. Schecter has a wide variety
to choose from. ESP and Agile (an internet distributor) offer sevens with
a 27" scale
length for better note clarity.
Maestro Alex Gregory: I created a seven string
guitar prototype for rock music long before you, Vai.
Steve Vai: Yes, but it was never
produced. Plus, it used a high string
instead of a low one.
Alex: Yeah, well...I'm awesome. And I can't wait to piss on your grave.
Vai: You already did. *shows album cover*
Alex: Fuck! *walks away*