MISHA MANSOOR: “7-String Guitars Are Not 6-String Guitars with One Extra String”

MISHA MANSOOR: "7-String Guitars Are Not 6-String Guitars with One Extra String"

In a recent interview for Music Radar, Periphery‘s Misha Mansoor talked how people usually think of 7-string guitars as 6-string guitars with one extra string.

He told: “There is an expectation that seven strings are better or it is just a six-string with one extra string. That’s not true: it has its own feel; it is its own instrument. Even coming down to the physical dimensions.

I prefer a seven string with a 26.5” scale. That scale will change the feel and how bends feel. At the end of the day, it is a different kind of guitar and the same is true of an eight-string. 

If you have an idea and develop them on a six-, seven- and eight-string in parallel universes, those songs will turn out very differently. I like having all three as tools for composition. 

I would urge people not to think that they have to play them, though. You shouldn’t play a seven-string because you feel you have to. If it’s not for you, just play a six-string – don’t fall into the expectations of prog music.

Periphery‘s new album Select Difficulty is out on July 22. Watch a video for “Marigold” below.

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