Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Music & Performing Arts


This article addresses the cultural and historical significance of the modern interpretation of extended range guitars while also discussing specifications of the instruments and the context of a mix. The extended range guitar refers to the added strings on a traditional six string guitar by adding a seventh, eight, and even ninth string to the electric guitar. First, this article explores how artists such as Steve Vai, Korn, Meshuggah, and Animals As Leaders have impacted and shaped the commercial creation, success, and cultural effects on the musical community with these extended range guitars, specifically within heavy metal. Secondly, it examines the specifications of the extended range guitars, such as scale length, string gauges, hardware, wood, and price in relation to seventh, eighth, and ninth strings. Lastly, it discusses how to approach a mix with extended range instruments, considering that these guitars are now interfering with low frequencies in relation to a drum kit and bass guitar.


Capstone Project (B.A.) Music and Performing Arts Department