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Thursday, October 18, 2007

God is Seven

posted by on October 18 at 12:47 PM


The seven-string guitar is for the truly evil. It is for those who need to take their darkness to the next level—the celebrational level of orc rock, where double kick drums discharge and demonic voices chant and gurgle. Chances are, if you play a seven-string guitar, you tortured insects when you were a child and you have since renamed yourself “Squeegee” or “Munky” or “Raz.”

axe.jpgThe seventh string is typically a low B. It allows you to gurgle and play massive low end while keeping the upper range open for soloing. In 1990, Ibanez introduced the Universe, a Steve Vai signature model. Vai was attracted to the extended range and was also into numerology, particularly the number seven.

Next were Dream Theater and Morbid Angel. Then came Korn in 1994. Their self-titled release sold three million copies and nu metal was born. Kornís guitar player, “Head,” played a seven-string Ibanez. Metal fans around the world rallied and swam in Headís super low end. Sadly, many insects were probably tortured.

But just when evil was getting eviler, Head found God. He had simply played too many low notes. That, and all the methamphetamines, Xanax, sleeping pills, and alcohol. God saved him from the seventh string.

Imagine the let down. Youíre 15, youíre needing the sound of a metal band, and your favorite guitar player finds God and quits the band.

Artist/producer Mimesis, aka Marlon Schaeffer, was one of those Korn fans. His thoughts on Head’s contribution:

Headís low tone was so low and nasty, I was like, Yeah!! I was into death metal and industrial at the time. Korn came out and it was exactly what I needed. The sound had this punchy-ness to it. Itís that seventh string. Then Head found God, and they got “Munky” to be their guitar player. Munkyís pretty good too.

Just for the record, Iím not a nu metal guy. I went through that phase, like many of us did, yes. Now, Iím into Aphex Twin, Fantomas, Godspeed You Black Emperor, and Trentemoller.

OK Marlon, your tastes have evolved, but how many insects did you torture?

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It started with the occasional ant. Then there were house flies. Then I discovered cockroaches. Im all cured now, I play a French Horn. Hail Satan.

Posted by Raz | October 18, 2007 1:40 PM

You all are afraid of the rock. Don't be afraid of the rock.

Posted by bobber | October 18, 2007 1:56 PM

I'm not afriad. I'm pregaming for Ozzy right now. Maybe I'm a little afraid.

Posted by trent moorman | October 18, 2007 2:03 PM

shit, i rock so hard sometimes i need TWELVE STRINGS.

Posted by graig | October 18, 2007 2:07 PM

You know, Orcs love too. It's not all gurgling. Can you argue with 3 million sold?

Posted by Miguel | October 18, 2007 2:34 PM

Ozzy snorted ants.

Posted by Bree | October 18, 2007 2:40 PM

WINDSTORM 07 - Ozzfest. He's got diapers on. "Bark at the Undergarments".

Posted by BenS | October 18, 2007 2:49 PM

When I toured with Ozzfest in 2003 Head was still with Korn. They sounded evil, so did Marilyn Manson, but he was more cartoon evil.

Korn had the double seven string attack though, no one could compete. They also had five tour buses, one for each of the band members and one for the crew. The singer had his bus wrapped with a big ad for his wife Jill Kelly's porn company.

After the show they would get loaded then Munky and Head would tool around on mini-bikes they kept under the bus. The guitar player for Manson even had a road case that converted into a jump.

The seven string its all about the evil.

Posted by drheavy | October 18, 2007 3:03 PM

I don't know what I would have done if Ace Frehley had found God. That is terrible. I hope Marlon is OK.

Posted by James | October 18, 2007 3:46 PM

two 7 strings? Please. That's like me using a magnum condom.

Posted by James | October 18, 2007 3:49 PM

People buy 7 string guitars because their 5 string playing bassist is drowning them out. At that point, everybody needs to take a step back and re-evaluate what it is they're trying to accomplish.

Posted by Dougsf | October 18, 2007 3:55 PM

I just finished a new guitar. It has eight strings and its called the Magnum.

Posted by drheavy | October 18, 2007 4:09 PM

Rob Zombie is a toy poodle. His dreads weigh more than he does. His movies do make me pee my pants, I have to say. Even when I see the commercials I pee.

Posted by Nicki | October 18, 2007 4:28 PM

LOLS at #4 and #11

Posted by chuck | October 18, 2007 4:35 PM

I think Rob Zombie is in Akron Family now.

Posted by Money | October 18, 2007 4:46 PM

The original 7-stringers played jazz, starting in the 1940s:

Posted by pox | October 18, 2007 5:33 PM

Ignoring the seemingly univeral disdain for pretensiousness,I think Rob Zombie is a pretty fucking rad artist/minor league visionary. Also, Justin Broaderick is a fucking genius and douchebags like Korn ripped him off only to turn a great sound into something to be ashamed of.

Posted by Hellface | October 18, 2007 6:11 PM

How about 8 to 12 string guitars with 5+ octive range?

Posted by xx | October 18, 2007 6:17 PM

I didn't know Rob Zombie played jazz in the 40's.

Posted by Eviler | October 18, 2007 9:32 PM

Matt Pike plays a 9-string guitar, but don't hold that against him. He's written most of the best riffs of our lifetime.

People need to learn that you don't need more strings, you need more amps!

Posted by bunnypuncher | October 19, 2007 4:38 AM

Dude! That guy from Morphine did more evil low end damage with two strings then any of the aforementioned could even hope for.

Fuck Korn! And all seven string guitar players!

Posted by Gigi | October 19, 2007 11:03 AM

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