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7 string tunings 2 Replies

Started by John Michael Meehan. Last reply by John Michael Meehan Feb 3, 2009.

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Comment by Jim Yates on May 7, 2014 at 10:10pm

Olav Loef,
I see your 7 string is set up like Spider John Koerner's.  Were/Are you a fanof his early music?  I believe he mostly plays a 12 string these days, but he played the seven string in the sixties.  He put a banjo tuning peg in the centre of the peg head of a six string.

Comment by Paul Kucharski on January 24, 2012 at 1:30pm

I have an acoustic 7-string that was made by Jeff Robertson.  I pretty much play exclusively in open tunings with it.  Here is a video of the guitar playing Chattanooga Choo Choo.

Comment by Olav Loef on December 30, 2011 at 12:02pm

I made a 7 string OM in September. The Idea was to make a light guitar with a bright,fast attack! So my choose of wood was "widegrain Adirondak" topwood and hard Serbian Pear in side/back.

I must say, I had 100% luck!

You find it on my homepage if You go down to the guitar named "7"

It is also on picture here



Comment by Jim Yates on December 11, 2011 at 8:29pm
Spider John Koerner - added octave G string
Comment by Jim Yates on December 11, 2011 at 8:26pm

Lennie Breau - high added string

George Van Eps - extra bass string

Comment by Nate Lopez on December 11, 2011 at 7:58pm
Lets see... So many comments. Please check out for some 7-string and 8-string videos.
I play a matt raines 7-string, both a steel string and nylon.
Im open to all extended ramge guitars. 7, 8, 10, however many strings...
Comment by Jim Yates on December 11, 2011 at 10:22am

Is this group open to all 7 string guitars?  I'm aware of three types of seven string.  George Van Eps popularised the guitar with the extra bass string, Lennie Breau's 7 string had an extra treble string and Spider John Koerner played a 7 string with a double course on the G, one string being an octave higher, on the Blues, Rags & Hollers albums in the sixties.

Comment by Mike Coughlin on July 13, 2011 at 6:27pm

As/since I don't (yet) have a 7-string guitar, I would be interested in seeing a forum/group 'poll', answering the question:  "What make/model 7-string guitar do you have/play?" ... and "do you play nylon or steel string?"


I would think that 7-strings would make for a finger-picker's delight?

Comment by Dickert Guitars on June 4, 2011 at 3:45pm

Wow, another active thread.  If anyone checks this, I am interested in finding out what scale length you all prefer of 7-string and what guage strings you us.

I made a 7-string acoustic with a 25.5 inch scale and use .012 to .070.

Found a .066 way to sloppy and no tone.  The .070 made a world of differance giving tons of kick.




Comment by John Michael Meehan on June 15, 2009 at 7:13pm
Hello fellow seven stringers. I saw Bucky Pizzarelli play with Benny Green at Jazz Alley in Seattle this past Wednesday. He played his 7 string Benedetto through a Roland Jazz Chorus with no detectable reverb. Close mic'ed through the PA. Very dry and clean sound. At 83 he is still playing well. He and Benny have a new live CD out and are on tour. Catch 'em if you get a chance.

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