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Sir Groove-A-Lot
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I dunno, these days I'm not feeling the aggression from it. I'm listening to a lot more fast stuff lately, and it's really coming out in my writing. I dunno about you, but the speedier the riffs, the less I like playing them on the 7 string.

I love the bite and snarl that comes from being in, say, D standard or even Drop C or something. Just the feel of a 6 string in general is feeling preferable to me. When I'm down in Bb I tend to write the slower/groovier/chuggier stuff and it's getting a little... old.

I find it hard to get anything fast to sound good. I know bands like Unearth and Nevermore don't have that problem, but fuck it, I'm not them :lol: I'm leaning more towards that pissed off Decapitated sort of thing.

Anyone else have moments when you feel like giving the 7s a rest?

I mean, my band has a nice mix of 6 and 7 string songs, but the 7 string is definitely the more dominant tone of the band at the moment. I feel like that might make a u-turn very soon though.

As usual, I'm not sure what the point of this is. Sorry, just thinking out loud.
 

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Simon's now a doctor.
 

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I actually switched back to 6 strings not too long ago. I felt like I was stuck in a rut riding on the B string. Though I am tuning my 6 strings to C# Standard, Drop B, and Open B there is a bit more creativity. I do plan on adding another 7 or two to my arsenal soon, I loved the feel of them and i'd like to see if the time i've had away makes me more creative with them.
 

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Comes and goes, depending on what I'm listening to and stuff. I find that on 6 strings my riffs are more.. metal :metal:

then on my 7 and 8, I just kinda, like being really syncopated and all that crap :noway:
 

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I love playing 7-string, and when I briefly didn't own one, I missed it quite a lot. My current 7-string is not really doing it for me, probably because it's too similar to one of my 6-strings, but not as nice, but I still play it because I love 7-string. I am playing mainly 6-string lately, though.
 

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I'm actually feeling like this at the moment, except I don't own a 6'er :lol: I've ummed and aahed about getting the 6 string version of my RGD for ages.
 

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I'm in the same boat, I'm in a dropped tuning 6-string phase. But the 7 will never leave my collection.
 

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I'm actually feeling like this at the moment, except I don't own a 6'er :lol: I've ummed and aahed about getting the 6 string version of my RGD for ages.
Do eet! I'm really digging the look if the new RGD 7421 seven string.
 

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I just change tunings way too much. In an hour long bedroom jam I'll go from standard to drop-D to open-C to Karnivool's tuning (BF#BGBE) to various step-down variations of any of those, which I don't do as much on the 7-string (though I'll do a lot of drop-A or drop-D/A).
 

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Sir Groove-A-Lot
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Simon, I'm not entirely sure what you're trying to say, that could be taken so many ways :lol:. Are you saying just throw caution to the wind and get into sixes, or stop being a pussy and play in low tunings? :lol:

I felt like I was stuck in a rut riding on the B string. Though I am tuning my 6 strings to C# Standard, Drop B, and Open B there is a bit more creativity.
This, and...

I find that on 6 strings my riffs are more.. metal :metal:
...this, are definitely what I was trying to get at. My higher-tuned stuff is way more 'metal', and more creative. It's certainly relating more to my newer style and direction. When I first got into 7 strings I was in a real moment of making everything have that low groovy swing, but after about 3 tracks of that shit it's time for a change :lol:
 

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:lol:

Not really a funk I get into, man. I tend not to just riff on the lowest note in a lot of my songs though (and having a keys player in the band helps mix up the key I write in). I've got into 'guitar playing' funks quite a bit, but never over the amount of strings on the guitar, since anything I can do on a 6, I can on a 7. :shrug:
 

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I go back and forth. A 7 has been my main guitar since 1997. However, every know & then, I decide to play a 6 down in B standard from time to time just to...
a) change things up to keep it fresh.
b) challenge me to rethink songs I originally wrote on 7s.
 

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I only own two 6ers so when I get a bit tired of the 7's, I'll play those for a bit.....and it just makes me realize how much I love playing 7's more.
 

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Different mood, different music, different guitar. I don't think there's much more to look into it.
 

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I have two custom shop Jackson 7 strings that I haven't touched in two years. I'm pretty sure that they're each missing a string at the moment and have a good coating of dust.

I'm just enjoying C# or drop-B on a 6er a whole lot more than my 7s these days.
 

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Never really find that to be honest. I do have the odd song that uses only 6 strings, but they are in E Standard anyway so I already have my 7's for that.

I don't find myself forced down a certain way because of it though. I think it might be because I've played 7's for all but 1 year of playing, so it isn't really a different feel for me.
 

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I've been playing my Iceman more than my sevens as of late, not sure if thats to do with the shorter scale on it or it having a fixed bridge and wanting to mess about in other tunings, but its just fun as hell to play.

I think I'll always prefer sevens though, even if I write songs on them that sometimes don't even go onto the low B string, I just feel comfortable on them. It's good to mix things up occasionally, be it on a different guitar or something with more/less strings as it inspires you to look at things from a different perspective and venture out of your comfort zone.
 
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