7, 8 and 9 String Guitars
When 6 strings just isn’t enough, extended range instruments exist for the players who want less limitations when it comes to note choice and sonic possibilities. Browse the huge selection of 7/8/9 string guitars availabe at Andertons Music Co. now!
7 String Guitars
The 7 string guitar may feel like a recent innovation, however the first mass-produced 7 string guitar was created by Ibanez back in 1990, with their Universe model. A signature instrument for guitar virtuoso Steve Vai, this cutting-edge Ibanez 7 string guitar was configured to provide you with a bellowing low B on its 7th string. Somewhat bridging the gap between a traditional 6 string guitar and a 4 string bass, this hybrid of sorts was a groundbreaking product back in the day.
With more or less all 7 string guitars adopting this tuning since, it was Korn who popularised the instrument in the mid-90s, when the Nu-Metal genre hit full-swing. In the 21st Century, a huge amount of bands have utilised 7 string guitars to form their core sound. Among those are modern djent bands like Periphery and Animals As Leaders, pioneering a more extreme and technically-proficient style.
A number of companies produce 7 string guitars, and as you’d expect, a lot of those are metal-centric guitar brands like Ibanez, Schecter and Jackson. However, more universal brands like PRS have recently started to produce their own models to accommodate for the growing demand from players. The Chapman 7 string offerings are worthy of note too, with their ML1-7 and Ghost Fret 7 Pro instruments renowned for their stunning aesthetics and neck-through constructions.
8 String Guitars
Unlike 7 string guitars, which have been around for some time, the 8 string guitar is a much newer breed of electric guitar. With a low F#, this instrument has a ground-shaking sound that is appropriate for heavier styles. Meshuggah guitarists Mårten Hagström and Fredrik Thordendal are the founding fathers of this diverse instrument, and have used it exclusively in their music for over a decade.
Much like their 7 string counterparts, 8 string guitars are also produced by a lot of the aforementioned brands. The Ibanez RG8 is a particularly popular model; a fantastic entry level option for players interested in broadening their horizons from a playing perspective. The Chapman Rob Scallon 8 String is a signature instrument for the renowned YouTube guitar personality, giving him a near-limitless amount of flexibility for songwriting.
9 String Guitars
Wait, there’s more? Yes there is! A 9 string guitar gives you even more sonic range, providing a thunderously low C#. Appealing to only a handful of players who dare to even fathom playing one, 9 string guitars are currently only offered by Schecter and Ibanez, two brands that continue to push the boundaries of guitar design.
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