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Schecter Demon-7 Aged Black Satin

Schecter Demon-7 Aged Black Satin

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Schecter C-7 SLS Elite Black Fade Burst

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ESP LTD M-7B HT Black Metal Black Satin

ESP LTD M-7B HT Black Metal Black Satin

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Schecter C-7 Deluxe Satin White

Schecter C-7 Deluxe Satin White

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PRS SE Mark Holcomb SVN 7 String Holcomb Burst

PRS SE Mark Holcomb SVN 7 String Holcomb Burst

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Jackson JS22-7 Dinky Arch Top Satin Black AH

Jackson JS22-7 Dinky Arch Top Satin Black AH

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PRS SE Mark Holcomb SVN 7 String Walnut Satin

PRS SE Mark Holcomb SVN 7 String Walnut Satin

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Schecter C-7 Pro Aqua Burst

Schecter C-7 Pro Aqua Burst

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Solar Guitars A2.7W White Matte

Solar Guitars A2.7W White Matte

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Solar Guitars A2.7FRLN Lemon Neon

Solar Guitars A2.7FRLN Lemon Neon

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Strandberg Boden Original 7 Natural

Strandberg Boden Original 7 Natural

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Schecter Omen Extreme-7 Black Cherry

Schecter Omen Extreme-7 Black Cherry

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Jackson Pro Series Misha Mansoor HT7 Black Burst Burl

Jackson Pro Series Misha Mansoor HT7 Black Burst Burl

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Ibanez RGD71ALMS-BAM Black Aurora Burst Matte

Ibanez RGD71ALMS-BAM Black Aurora Burst Matte

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Strandberg Boden Prog 7 Black

Strandberg Boden Prog 7 Black

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Ibanez RGD71AL-ANB Antique Brown Stained Burst

Ibanez RGD71AL-ANB Antique Brown Stained Burst

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ESP E-II M-II-7 NT HS Purple Natural Fade

ESP E-II M-II-7 NT HS Purple Natural Fade

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Solar Guitars A1.7C Carbon Matte Black

Solar Guitars A1.7C Carbon Matte Black

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Schecter Sun Valley SS 7 FR III Sky Blue Burst

Schecter Sun Valley SS 7 FR III Sky Blue Burst

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Schecter Keith Merrow KM-7 MK-III Standard Toxic Smoke Green

Schecter Keith Merrow KM-7 MK-III Standard Toxic Smoke Green

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Strandberg Boden Metal 7 Black Pearl

Strandberg Boden Metal 7 Black Pearl

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Solar Guitars A2.7C Carbon Matte Black

Solar Guitars A2.7C Carbon Matte Black

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Solar Guitars A2.7TBR Trans Blood Red Matte

Solar Guitars A2.7TBR Trans Blood Red Matte

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Strandberg Boden Original 7 Black

Strandberg Boden Original 7 Black

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Strandberg Boden Prog 7 Natural

Strandberg Boden Prog 7 Natural

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Schecter C-7 SLS Elite Multi Scale Gloss Natural

Schecter C-7 SLS Elite Multi Scale Gloss Natural

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Schecter Keith Merrow KM-7 MK-III Artist Trans Black Burst

Schecter Keith Merrow KM-7 MK-III Artist Trans Black Burst

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Solar Guitars S1.7PB Poplar Burst Matte

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Solar Guitars A1.7TBR Trans Blood Red Matte

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Solar Guitars V2.7C Carbon Black Matte

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Solar Guitars E2.7C Carbon Black Matte

Solar Guitars E2.7C Carbon Black Matte

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Strandberg Boden Metal 7 White Pearl

Strandberg Boden Metal 7 White Pearl

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Strandberg Boden Original 7 Red

Strandberg Boden Original 7 Red

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Solar Guitars AB1.7C Carbon Black Matte

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Strandberg Boden 7 Sarah Longfield

Strandberg Boden 7 Sarah Longfield

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Solar Guitars A1.7BB Artist LTD Black Open Pore

Solar Guitars A1.7BB Artist LTD Black Open Pore

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Solar Guitars A2.7LN Lemon Neon

Solar Guitars A2.7LN Lemon Neon

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Schecter C-7  Apocalypse Red Reign

Schecter C-7 Apocalypse Red Reign

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Charvel Pro Mod Angel Vivaldi DK24 7 String Satin Black

Charvel Pro Mod Angel Vivaldi DK24 7 String Satin Black

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PRS SE 7 String Black Cherry

PRS SE 7 String Black Cherry

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About 7 String Guitars

7 string guitars have been popular in the more extreme genres of contemporary music for over twenty years. They have now become part of the accepted way of doing things. Using wider necks in order to incorporate the extra low 'B' string, 7 string electric guitars also have a widely varying range of shapes and specifications. They are available from a number of manufacturers.

7 string guitars as we know them were invented by the famous electric guitar player Steve Vai for Ibanez. His signature Universe model is a well known example. Lots of other manufacturers produce 7 string guitars nowadays. Affordable 7 strings are available from companies such as Schecter, Ibanez and Jackson. Top of the range guitars are available from brands including Mayones, Strandberg and Ormsby.

Frequently Asked Questions about 7 String Guitars

It seems that way but lots of adventurous Jazz players use 7 string guitars, sometimes changing out the low B for a high string instead. Because of their aggressive styling, 7 string guitars are marketed to Metal players but there is no reason why you can't use one for other genres too.
Generally speaking, yes they do. Most 7 string guitars have a scale length of 25.5" which is standard for electric guitars. Some do have a longer scale length, like much of the Ibanez Iron Label range, and these are generally referred to as baritone 7 strings.
Technically speaking, 7 string guitars have been around for hundreds of years, going back to at least the Renaissance era. In the 1930s, some guitar companies made one-off and limited run 7 string guitars with high A or B strings. However, in terms of the types of 7 string we think you mean, i.e. a solid body electric with an extra low B string, that would be the Ibanez Universe. This distinctive guitar was designed by and for Steve Vai and was the first mass produced 7 string ever to be made available. Vai used them on tours in the late 80s with the production model debuting in 1990. A reissue is currently available as part of Ibanez's Premium range.
Yes you can and lots of guitarists do! If a low B isn't heavy enough for you then definitely experiment with Drop A or even drop G#, which involves tuning every string down one half step and then dropping the low B string a further two frets' worth, just like the famous 'Drop D' tuning method. You may want to raise the height of your strings a little to counteract the relative lack of tension but apart from that you're good to go.
That would probably be Schecter! Ibanez, Mayones and Strandberg also offer lots of choice.
At guitarguitar, the bestselling is the PRS Limited Edition Custom 24 7 String with Spalted Maple. It boasts a slim maple neck, a mahogany back and a rosewood fretboard.