Originally Posted by DeaconsSorrowthorn
It comes down to string gauge.
For example, with seven string guitars, the vast majority of them are 25.5" scale, the same scale as most Stratocaster shapes, but the standard tuning of the lowest string is B, the same as the lowest string in all of Slipknot's music. Now, Slipknot plays with six strings, but they play with 25.5" scale six strings (both Jim Root's Fender and Mick Thompson's Jackson are 25.5").
If you try to use the same string gauge you use in E for B, then it's most likely going to sound pretty bad. After all, a 48 gauge in E has 20 pounds of pressure, while that same 48 gauge dropped down to B only has 11 pounds of pressure (about half the tension). I use a 59 gauge in B, which is around 17-18 pounds of pressure, which is a lot closer to that 20. And in my personal opinion, I think a 59 or 60 gauge sounds and feels the best in B, but you might prefer a 56 or 62 or a 64. I mean, it's somewhat subjective, but a 48 would be super flabby.
Something to keep in mind just so you don't incorrectly think that the reason your string is flabby is because it isn't a baritone. I love baritones (like I mentioned, I've owned 4 so far), but you definitely do not need a baritone to play in B. Slipknot never has, for that matter.