Oleg Timofeyev wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:31 am
I can go at any length about this topic, so how about I will respond to any inquiries, feel free to ask.
I am about to finish building a Russian 7 string guitar. (In fact, the 7-stringer was the reason I got into lutherie).
A few questions, if you don't mind.
1) What strings would you put on the Russian 7 stringer (nylon)?
As far as I know, most 7 string sets are aimed at the classical EBGDAEC tuning or similar.
I currently intend to go with Petrachkov's suggestion of using a classical 6 string set with 2 lower tension strings, as I cannot find a "Russian" set for sale, so
1: 1 - Nomal tension
2: 2 - Normal
3: 3 - Normal
4: 4 - Normal
5: 5 - Low
6: 6 - Low
7: 6 - Normal
Another question: When referring to the "Russian guitar" one may be referring to:
1) The music side of the instrument, i.e. tuning, style, repertoire. it is possible to play "Russian" guitar on a classical guitar with an extra string.
2) The actual instrument that has been developed from the Scherzer guitar: Viennese shape, Z-bracing, bolt-on neck overhanging the soundboard.
Typical "crunch" on the trebles and perhaps a slight shift of balance from the bass to the trebles when compared to the Spanish guitar.
If you were only allowed one guitar, would you play "Russian guitar" music on a Scherzer, or would you rather have a "classical" with 7 strings tuned to EBGDAE?