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themike
04-27-2012, 08:41 AM
So back on BAM some of you may remember our 7-string thread, so I figured why not try to migrate it here with the new faces from other forums!

The point of this thread is basically to show that there is interest in a production Maryland made 7 string (even just a limited run to test the waters). They come with the stigma that they are for kids trying to play Korn songs, but nowadays that is far from the truth. People like Emil Werstler, Clint Lowery, Mike Mushok and Dave Weiner have been using seven strings as writing tools to create a full sound only available with that low B!

Over on Sevenstring.Org (a very large guitar community specializing in 6,7,8 and extended range instruments), you will see that hundreds of people are financing guitars through private luthiers (Vik, Damoness, Bernie Rico Jr., Strictly7, Blackmachine etc) to build them 7 strings for $3k-$6k when the fact of the matter is a majority of them would prefer a production PRS 7 over a custom built guitar!

Lets start it off with Emil Werstler's Whitewash 7!

http://img38.imageshack.us/img38/9246/img959717.jpg

http://img809.imageshack.us/img809/4309/img959434.jpg

http://img560.imageshack.us/img560/4106/img953307.jpg

OsirisProtocol
04-27-2012, 09:08 AM
It's only fitting that my first post as a BAM survivor goes here to support our seven string cause.

Spikedog007
04-27-2012, 09:12 AM
That's a very cool guitar. Do you have pics of Dave Wiener's fade?

And, good luck with your online petition. :)

themike
04-27-2012, 09:32 AM
It's only fitting that my first post as a BAM survivor goes here to support our seven string cause.

Haha yes! Glad you made the migration buddy :lol:


That's a very cool guitar. Do you have pics of Dave Wiener's fade?

And, good luck with your online petition. :)

Ha thanks although I know for a fact Paul is well aware of the 7 string demand :lol:

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs658.snc4/61828_434102166805_515426805_5578309_4148485_n.jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs338.ash2/61828_434102161805_515426805_5578308_4096555_n.jpg

themike
04-27-2012, 09:33 AM
I also really dig Dave's "7-513"

http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/ab80/daveweiner/PRS%20513-7/prs5137_2.jpg

Zilmo
04-27-2012, 11:28 AM
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Zilmo/Guitars/DSC_0050-2.jpg

hippietim
04-27-2012, 12:35 PM
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Zilmo/Guitars/DSC_0050-2.jpg

The low-B saddle is crooked.

VHTStark
04-27-2012, 12:39 PM
I would LOVE a PRS 7. I currently have an ESP horizon 7 for my seven string needs....but it just isn't built like my PRS's....can't even touch them. I know there are lots of private luthiers building great 7's...but if I was going to shell out custom shop cash...I would want the classy look I get from my PRS's.

From what I have seen...PRS is a pretty forward thinking company. If the demand is there, I bet we will see a 7 in the future. I mean, look at the new artist packages: how many times have we heard people wanting fretboard and neck wood options...something between private stock and production?

themike
04-27-2012, 01:32 PM
2Tek 7 String Bridge

Something tells me that those are going to be big this year, Mike! A lot of people having custom 7's built are using Hipshot bridges which while cool, don't even compare to a 2Tek :twisted:



I would LOVE a PRS 7. I currently have an ESP horizon 7 for my seven string needs....but it just isn't built like my PRS's....can't even touch them. I know there are lots of private luthiers building great 7's...but if I was going to shell out custom shop cash...I would want the classy look I get from my PRS's.

From what I have seen...PRS is a pretty forward thinking company. If the demand is there, I bet we will see a 7 in the future. I mean, look at the new artist packages: how many times have we heard people wanting fretboard and neck wood options...something between private stock and production?

Thats always been the sunlight peeking through the clouds - PRS listens to their fans and also isn't affraid of experimenting. Like any company though, risks have to be handled carefully so I dont blame them for being cautious, I just want em' to know we're here when they are ready :!:

Zilmo
04-27-2012, 04:29 PM
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Zilmo/Guitars/DSC_0050-2.jpg

The low-B saddle is crooked.


Bite me.

themike
04-27-2012, 11:35 PM
http://image.ikebe-gakki.com/images/goods/15/152876/b.gif

http://www.cnri.dit.ie/~duffy/SS/prs2.jpg

http://a4.ec-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/49/e44971631ddd41b5ad79d960f438721e/l.jpg

http://image.ikebe-gakki.com/images/goods/14/145250/b.gif

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http://www.prsguitars.com/privatestock/gallery/img/2727b.jpg

Eugenius
04-28-2012, 04:41 AM
Best thread ever!
I'm so waiting for more 2Tek Se7en news @ VR...
:!:

Dan-d-1985
04-28-2012, 05:37 AM
I'd be on it like a fatty at a buffet if there were production 7-stingers by PRS.

No doubt.

Count my vote in! :D

Dirty Bob
04-28-2012, 08:09 AM
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Zilmo/Guitars/DSC_0050-2.jpg



awesome z!

SwampAshSpecial
04-28-2012, 06:41 PM
I don't have any new content for this thread, but I'd buy a USA made PRS 7 string any day! My Schecter Blackjack C-7 is nice, but its not PRS-nice...

themike
04-30-2012, 08:33 AM
Even plain black brings a small tear to my eye...

http://www.biomechanical.co.uk/MySpace/ChrisWebb7StringPRS.jpg

themike
04-30-2012, 08:34 AM
http://img25.imageshack.us/img25/6002/7stringprs.jpg

themike
04-30-2012, 08:37 AM
http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/4164/prs7.jpg

DISTORT6
04-30-2012, 10:19 AM
I'm still loving the Mira-7 idea that was brought up back on BaM. :P

themike
05-02-2012, 10:39 AM
Singlecut 7's? Yes please :!:

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a308/GazPots/Munky_PRS_1.jpg

http://i45.tinypic.com/21t1d3.jpg

In Absentia
05-03-2012, 03:10 PM
I have been wanting one for about ten years now.

themike
05-03-2012, 03:37 PM
I have been wanting one for about ten years now.

Wow first post is in the 7 string thread? Welcome my friend, we've been waiting for you :lol:

In Absentia
05-03-2012, 03:43 PM
I have been wanting one for about ten years now.

Wow first post is in the 7 string thread? Welcome my friend, we've been waiting for you :lol:

Thank you, sir! I have looked for custom builders to do something similar, but nothing beats the PRS DC shape for me. Of course, I would kill to have a SC as well. :D

themike
05-04-2012, 09:26 AM
[quote="In Absentia":3hk6l8my]I have been wanting one for about ten years now.

Wow first post is in the 7 string thread? Welcome my friend, we've been waiting for you :lol:

Thank you, sir! I have looked for custom builders to do something similar, but nothing beats the PRS DC shape for me. Of course, I would kill to have a SC as well. :D[/quote:3hk6l8my]

For sure - I would be set with 1 DC and 1 SC in 7 string configuration. If something changed and I was going on tour, I would double that :twisted: :lol:

Antroid
05-04-2012, 12:35 PM
Too bad I don't see a 7-string lefty coming up any time soon... :shock:

slowro
05-09-2012, 10:49 AM
I shall scour my hard drive if there any pics not posted already

I'm glad this thread was reborn from BAM :lol:

I got to hear Emil's 7 string last night's online lesson
I had GAS :lol:

themike
05-15-2012, 09:38 AM
I need a 7 string, and I only play PRS. This is becoming an issue :cry: :lol:

VHTStark
05-15-2012, 05:59 PM
I need a 7 string, and I only play PRS. This is becoming an issue :cry: :lol:

Haha it is funny but this is true for me as well. Besides an old late 70's LP custom I have for sentimental reasons, ALL of my 6 strings are PRS. It sucks because the band I am currently in is writing more music in"B" so I have been forced to use my ESP more. Every single time I pick it up I say to myself,"Wish this was a PRS 7!" With the way my 6's look, play, sound and feel....I just KNOW a PRS 7 would become a favourite in the guitar stable!

themike
05-25-2012, 01:11 PM
Haha it is funny but this is true for me as well. Besides an old late 70's LP custom I have for sentimental reasons, ALL of my 6 strings are PRS. It sucks because the band I am currently in is writing more music in"B" so I have been forced to use my ESP more. Every single time I pick it up I say to myself,"Wish this was a PRS 7!" With the way my 6's look, play, sound and feel....I just KNOW a PRS 7 would become a favourite in the guitar stable!


Amen! I have a feeling that A LOT of people feel this way. Hell, it's the main reason I haven't picked up a serious 7 myself yet - Ive been waiting for our time :)

themike
12-19-2012, 10:52 AM
https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/63210_464931430210545_28888872_n.jpg

"Soundcheck at Sunday`s show. This is the 7-string I used on all the Metal Clone X stuff. PRS is making a new 7 string for me right now, a 7 string with PRS quality is gonna be out of this world..." - Marty Friedman

jcha008
12-19-2012, 03:33 PM
https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/63210_464931430210545_28888872_n.jpg

"Soundcheck at Sunday`s show. This is the 7-string I used on all the Metal Clone X stuff. PRS is making a new 7 string for me right now, a 7 string with PRS quality is gonna be out of this world..." - Marty Friedman

Freaking awesome. Marty Friedman has been my favorite guitar player since the Megadeth-Rust in Peace days. It was cool when he started playing PRS a few years ago. To see him rocking a PRS 7 should be epic!

sleary
12-19-2012, 05:37 PM
I haven't matters six strings yet lol

Would be nice to see a cu24 with a7 string option...

jarek anderson
12-21-2012, 09:04 AM
Would a 7 string satisfy my desire for a baritone? I've been doing some reading across the web, and it seems like the main problem is the scale length. I'm wondering what a 25" low B sounds like compared to a 27.7" low B. I'm looking to play cleaner sounds, think Steve Earle's "Even When I'm Blue", up to the bari-tones found on Grissom's last album. I don't know if the Mushok SE, would make that sound cleanly, or if the shorter scale length on these SE 7 strings would be able to reproduce sounds in that territory?

DRM_777
12-22-2012, 05:02 AM
Would a 7 string satisfy my desire for a baritone? I've been doing some reading across the web, and it seems like the main problem is the scale length. I'm wondering what a 25" low B sounds like compared to a 27.7" low B. I'm looking to play cleaner sounds, think Steve Earle's "Even When I'm Blue", up to the bari-tones found on Grissom's last album. I don't know if the Mushok SE, would make that sound cleanly, or if the shorter scale length on these SE 7 strings would be able to reproduce sounds in that territory?

If it's a toss up between a 7 String and a Baritone (of which I've owned) I'd go for the 7 String every time these days, simply because in my opinion, the 7 string is more versatile in terms of the regular shapes you play while still having that extended low range. With the Baritone in it's most common B Standard tuning, you are locked into playing all your standard shapes 3 whole steps down.

Essentially the function of a longer scale length allows the guitarist to string with heavy strings, but tune them down in pitch and still have the right amount of string tension where as on a regular scale length, if you were to put the same strings on, the strings would be all flappy. Of course it works the opposite way too as if you put on lighter string, the higher in pitch you tune them, they will have more tension than if they were tuned to the same pitch on a regular scale length.

Because a longer scale length guitar will have more tension when tuned to the same pitch as a regular scale length, that string will have more snap to it and that is where you might to see a variable in tone.

But you really have to take into account the gauge of string you are using in regards to the overall tone.

Baritones generally use a much lower gauge of string across all 6 strings like 72, 56, 44, 30, 18, 13 and the extended scale length allows them to have a similar tension as if you were playing a regular scale guitar at Standard tuning with a regular set of strings.

And so because a 7 String Regular would be strung something like 56, 46, 36, 26, 17, 13, 10 the tension and tone of the low B string despite the shorter scale length is actually still going to be comparable to that of the low B on a Baritone with it's extended scale length.

It's all about balance really.....

The best advice I can really give is simply to give both a Baritone and 7 String a try and decide for yourself.....

billx
01-30-2013, 04:24 PM
Where can you get this exact guitar? the glossy black 7 string PRS

Blackbird
01-30-2013, 04:54 PM
If it's a toss up between a 7 String and a Baritone (of which I've owned) I'd go for the 7 String every time these days, simply because in my opinion, the 7 string is more versatile in terms of the regular shapes you play while still having that extended low range. With the Baritone in it's most common B Standard tuning, you are locked into playing all your standard shapes 3 whole steps down.

Essentially the function of a longer scale length allows the guitarist to string with heavy strings, but tune them down in pitch and still have the right amount of string tension where as on a regular scale length, if you were to put the same strings on, the strings would be all flappy. Of course it works the opposite way too as if you put on lighter string, the higher in pitch you tune them, they will have more tension than if they were tuned to the same pitch on a regular scale length.

Because a longer scale length guitar will have more tension when tuned to the same pitch as a regular scale length, that string will have more snap to it and that is where you might to see a variable in tone.

But you really have to take into account the gauge of string you are using in regards to the overall tone.

Baritones generally use a much lower gauge of string across all 6 strings like 72, 56, 44, 30, 18, 13 and the extended scale length allows them to have a similar tension as if you were playing a regular scale guitar at Standard tuning with a regular set of strings.

And so because a 7 String Regular would be strung something like 56, 46, 36, 26, 17, 13, 10 the tension and tone of the low B string despite the shorter scale length is actually still going to be comparable to that of the low B on a Baritone with it's extended scale length.

It's all about balance really.....

The best advice I can really give is simply to give both a Baritone and 7 String a try and decide for yourself.....

This relates to something I've been confused about. I've played a lot of songs 2 steps down on a regular six string, of course it's a pain to find the right string tension and balance to keep it in tune. If I went to a baritone and tuned it to the same tuning, wouldn't all of the notes be fretted in the same locations as they were with the regular six string? With a 7 string, I would have to actually change up fingering patterns to acheive the same notes, i.e. physically the riff would be played differently?

VHTStark
01-30-2013, 05:01 PM
Where can you get this exact guitar? the glossy black 7 string PRS

Unless you luck out and nab an "artist relations" 7 string....and there aren't many....any Maryland made 7 string would have to be a private stock commission; even a plain black one ;)

jfb
01-30-2013, 05:05 PM
I sold the last of my 7's and 8's last year. I occasionally miss them and wonder about PRS replacements but ultimately I think I am happier with my 6's.

Texas_minor_blues
01-30-2013, 10:22 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Til74RUJRo

PRS 7 String in action
PRS should have used this for their demo :)