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    7string strings on 6string guitar

    I've had an interesting conversation with my bass player over putting 7string strings on 6string guitar, leaving out the high E. Would the pickups work right? Isn't there a tension issue? He said he once put 5string strings on 4string bass and it worked fine...
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    It shouldn't be a problem. A friend of mine used to do this years ago before the baritone string sets became popular. I think a baritone set or single strings would be more economical now. I'm assuming you want to tune it B to B?

    I'm sure the truss rod can handle it, though it may need tweaking. You'll need a new nut or to widen the slots of the existing one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garrett View Post
    You'll need a new nut or to widen the slots of the existing one.
    Ha! Didn't think of that

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    I'm assuming you want to tune it B to B?
    I'm planning ADADGB... so pickups really aren't an issue?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Albrecht Smuten View Post
    I'm planning ADADGB... so pickups really aren't an issue?
    Nah, there's nothing special needed there. Tone might get muddy depending on the pickups and your effects and amp rig, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garrett View Post
    Nah, there's nothing special needed there. Tone might get muddy depending on the pickups and your effects and amp rig, though.
    Ok, thanks a lot
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    Try heavy core strings, they work. I play C standard quite often (and drop A#) and they sound fantastic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thieves&foxes View Post
    Try heavy core strings, they work. I play C standard quite often (and drop A#) and they sound fantastic.
    I'll try those baritone strings. The lowest string is as heavy as the lowest in 8-string set
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    Id suggest having it set up by a proper tech - it's worth it. When you're changing the guage and tuning that drastically there are a lot of little things that should be done during the adjustment.

    Plus, when you get it back it'll play and sound like butter!
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    Quote Originally Posted by themike View Post
    Id suggest having it set up by a proper tech - it's worth it. When you're changing the guage and tuning that drastically there are a lot of little things that should be done during the adjustment.

    Plus, when you get it back it'll play and sound like butter!
    Reasonable enough, I will do that, thank you.

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