Hi guys, new to this section, I'm building CBG,s, it's fairly new to me, but I have been playing 6 string guitar mainly blues for over 50years.
Recently I was talking to a pal who I went through school with, and gigged with for many years, and was telling him about looking for parts for my builds. He then came over with a donor guitar, which he found in a skip, and it's thrown me a curved ball, in that it's a seven string BCRich, I thought the headstock and the bridge looked a little busy.
I've never laid eyes on one before, didn't know these beasts exsisted.
I,m guessing that it could be a drone string for heavy metal, because the body is apparently a warlock.
Lovely neck but the body,s not my cup of tea, so I,m looking at cigar boxing it, as a possibility.
Can anyone tell me if there are alternate drone notes of tunings that the 7 string has.

I would be grateful for any or all information.

Regards Philyaboots

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I asked my friend who plays 7 string in a locally popular metal band.

no drone!

In standard tuning, practice your 6 string playing on strings 1-6 skipping string #7, the same way you play D major and D minor chords skipping string #6.


practice playing power chords on strings 7-6-5.  He says that's what the 7th string is for, playing power chords on the low end that are so deep you feel it down to the core of your body.

he also suggested 7 string drop-A tuning, you tune the 7th string down from B' to A', being in the CBG genre, that gives you A'EA on the low 3 strings just like a CBG.  In effect you play it like it is a 2 neck git, strings 7-6-5 as an A'EA (1-5-8) baritone CBG and 6-5-4-3-2-1 as a standard guitar.

Many thanks for the reply and the information, it sounds like a good instrument for live gigging, so I think I will cbg it and keep it, as I hate the look of the body.
Perhaps a nice number plate guitar. The pickups are in tact, twin hum Buckers.

Thanks Again it's much appreciated.

What scale is it? You could do bass on the low strings and guitar on the others like JL said. Lots of possibilities.

Yeah ,7 strings have been around for several years and now 8 stringers are selling as well ,but like JL said more metal bands like Korn for example are one of the many bands who play 7 string guitars and it's reason is to get that low sound they want! On most 7 strings the 7th string is tuned to B and can be tuned even lower ,which gives it that low end crunch ,usually played along side with a 5 string bassists to match that low tone that a lot of metal bands crave. Also if you wanted you could do a bass/CBG combo ,which I have seen done with a CBG quite a few times ,but I've never seen it done on a 7 string.
I've played several B.C. Rich guitars 6 & 7 and just like the B.C. Rich "Warlock" the body's of there other models are odd shaped ,I think the "Coffin case" style body is the easier to play body style out of the other odd shaped bodies that B.C. Rich has to offer ,butlike you said the majority of "B.C. Rich" guitars like the warlock for one is not my cup of tea either ,but have a lot of friends who like those wild looking bodies that B.C. Rich makes.


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