7 of the greatest 7-string guitar songs

Brian "Head" Welch
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There's something particularly satisfying about plugging in a 7-string guitar and riffing out in between the traditional ranges of the guitar and bass.

A lot of great music has been made on seven-string guitars over the past three decades or so since Ibanez released the Universe at Steve Vai's behest. During the first era of the seven-string, Vai was pretty much the only guy exploring the instrument's potential. It fell out of favor until the mid- to late '90s, when a bunch of guys picked up secondhand Universes and built their sound around the lowest string.

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Peter Hodgson is a journalist, an award-winning shredder, an instructional columnist, a guitar teacher, a guitar repair guy, a dad and an extremely amateur barista. He runs a blog, I Heart Guitar, which allows him to publicly geek out over his obsessions. Peter is from Melbourne, Australia, where he writes for various magazines, including Guitar World.