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View Poll Results: How many strings does your primary guitar have?
6 10 62.50%
7 1 6.25%
8 1 6.25%
Other 4 25.00%
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Old 08-03-2013, 03:28 PM   #1
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Guitar - how many strings?


How many strings does your (primary) guitar have? What's your favourite tuning?

I have recently 'upgraded' my old guitar to a 7-string Ibanez RGIR27FE. Love the quality and waay better pickps than in my old Ibanez. I've been playing it for over a month now but I still find it difficult to adjust to a wider neck and the seventh string. My fingers are rather short Hopefully, I'll get better over time, otherwise I'll have to sell it and get a 6-string one again. Lots of progressive metal bands use 7-strings and over the last year I've been getting into djent where guitar players with 6-string guitars are few and far between. I like the extra string and the low, heavy sound it produces. By the way, did anyone go to this year's UK Tech Fest?
http://uktechfest.com/
If you were there, you might have noticed me as I was wearing a black Slackware T-shirt. Well, not the same one for 3 days... I have got 3 of them. Great festival and great guitar players. This guy, for example. The video was shot when he was 17 (3 years ago). I'm going to closely follow his career. Or this one. You can definitely hear Guthrie Govan's influences in both of them.

Anyway, back to guitars. I keep the standard tuning (BEADGBE) most of the time. It's only when I'm learning someone else's pieces, I use relevant drop tunings.

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Old 08-03-2013, 06:26 PM   #2
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5 because I'm too lazy to replace high e when it breaks. I still have callouses from the 12 string acoustic I sold 20 years ago too.

Hope these guys record some good music before they learn how the music industry/racket really works. Milli Vanilli rules! LOL
 
Old 08-03-2013, 07:17 PM   #3
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4 (bass)
 
Old 08-03-2013, 07:26 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. I forgot to add bass options.
 
Old 08-03-2013, 09:10 PM   #5
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8 string steel, C6 ACEGACEG low to high.
 
Old 08-04-2013, 04:22 AM   #6
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six, all lower of a half-step
 
Old 08-05-2013, 10:54 AM   #7
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4 (bass), like snowpine..
My spouse has a couple of 6 strings... and the tunings get changed about as often as I change distros.
 
Old 08-05-2013, 12:54 PM   #8
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With the new guitar (fixed bridge) I can freely change tunings. The old guitar had a cheap tremolo system that would make it virtually impossible to quickly and painlessly change the tuning.
 
Old 08-05-2013, 02:05 PM   #9
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You asked about "primary" guitars... I've got another lap steel 6 string in Open E, an armpit 6 string acoustic in Open D, all my other 6 strings are in standard E. I try to match string gauges with neck length and tuning, so I rarely change tunings on individual guitars.

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Old 08-06-2013, 07:15 PM   #10
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12 - love the sound of 12 string. That and 6 string classical
 
Old 08-06-2013, 07:20 PM   #11
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" My fingers are rather short Hopefully, I'll get better over time, "

I don't think they will grow longer.

If I ever get time I'll setup a Nashville guitar. Three strings from a 12 and three from a 6.
 
Old 08-07-2013, 12:52 AM   #12
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Quote:
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" My fingers are rather short Hopefully, I'll get better over time, "

I don't think they will grow longer.
No, they won't but I'll get comfortable with a wider fretboard

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If I ever get time I'll setup a Nashville guitar. Three strings from a 12 and three from a 6.
That sounds like fun.
 
Old 08-08-2013, 05:15 AM   #13
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I play classical guitar, so 6 strings are my only choice. I would like to fiddle with a 12 string, too.
 
Old 08-08-2013, 08:41 PM   #14
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Always "Elixers."
 
Old 08-08-2013, 08:43 PM   #15
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Quote:
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" My fingers are rather short Hopefully, I'll get better over time, "

I don't think they will grow longer.

If I ever get time I'll setup a Nashville guitar. Three strings from a 12 and three from a 6.
Makes no difference. My teacher is tiny, his fingers are short but he's an outstanding guitarist--Tony Janflone, Sr., you might have heard of him.
 
  


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