Best 7-string guitars 2024: budget-spanning picks for djent to nu-metal

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If you’re delving into the depths of heavy metal and its many sub genres, one way to help deliver powerful, crushing tones is to arm yourself with one of the best 7-string guitars. An additional string gives you easy access to lower tunings for a massive impact when riffing and chugging away, whilst retaining a tight and clear bottom end.

That said, the best 7-string guitars aren’t purely for metal players. Having an extra string lets you play completely new chord inversions, so can make for some really interesting guitar parts. Using this in the recording process can help thicken up your guitar sound, regardless of genre.

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.

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