Sound Check God is Seven
posted by October 18 at 12:47 PMon
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.”
The 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.
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.
OK Marlon, your tastes have evolved, but how many insects did you torture?