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    Quote Originally Posted by beneharris View Post
    I always liked the 26.5" on 7s the best.
    Me too. Don't notice any real issue moving from a 6-string to the longer 7s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by T Gobbs View Post
    26.5 sounds great for cleans and rhythms, but the higher strings can get a bit brittle if you're playing leads.
    This is my problem with longer scale lengths...

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    Quote Originally Posted by T Gobbs View Post
    26.5 sounds great for cleans and rhythms, but the higher strings can get a bit brittle if you're playing leads.
    Hmm I didn't know that. Is it more of a problem with standard tuning, or does it happen with drop tuning also?
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    Standard tuning, because it's a result of string tension.
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    I've used 25.5" in drop G with absolutely no problems with a .070 on the 7th. I prefer longer, but there's no reason you can't use that in B or A. I used a 6er in those tunings for ages.

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    yeah on a 7 25.5 is fine because your really only bothered about the bottom string and you can just up the guage.

    I got an 8 recently which is fanned and that addresses the brittle treble strings quite nicely and doesnt take much, if any, getting used to.

    Maybe worth a look if you want longer scale on the bottom end.

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    It's all abobut personal preference at the end of the day. I've had longer scale guitars, but I always gravitate back to 25.5" scales. I'm currently in drop B on a 6, but the band has previously been down to drop A. My bandmate uses a 26.5" scale, just because that works better for him. Go try a couple out and see what works for you.
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    I like 26 inch scale.

    I've had a 25 - 26 inch scale 7 and I hated the feeling of the lower strings so much that I trashed the design and moved it to 26-27.

    25.5 is pretty much the standard for 7 strings with 27 being the most common alternative unless you buy a Schecter. There's more than enough brutal super low tuned metal being made and having been made with downtuned 25.5 guitars so pretty sure you're not gonna have an issue with it.

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