Ok, I have been wrestling with something in my head for quite some time I want to share with you and get your opinions on my issue I have a 7 string bass that I absolutely love. I bought it because it is the best sounding bass I have ever heard....it sounds better than ALL my bass collection (I have 9 bass guitars). I also love the feel of the bass more than any others. Here is my problem I have been wrestling with...for 3 years now.... I have begun to feel self conscious when playing the 7 string on stage because suppressed in the back of my mind I am worrying about what other people out there in the audience are thinking of me when I am playing the 7 string. I worry if spectators may be thinking negative of me when they see that I am playing a 7 string....questions like do they think I am playing a 7 just to get attention? Or is he playing it just to show off?, or do they think a 7 string is "over the top", or do they may have attitudes like "Cmon, man, really, a 7 string???". This all started about 3 years ago when a person approached me as I came off stage and made a comment that I was being "self indulgent" That shocked me...actually hurt me inside. Since then, I played the 7 much much less publically as I became self conscious. In reality, showing off, and self indulgence is the extreme opposite side of the spectrum of who I really am. The above is FAR FAR FROM THE TRUTH of who I am...of what type of person I am, it is not in my Christian nature and my upbringing. The important thing is, I bought this 7 string because I fell in love with the sound, as well as the looks (very pretty color/finish). I like it better than any of my other basses. However, I am an extremely humble person, but I cannot seem to shake this feeling. I normally play 6 string, and the styles of music I play, I do use all 6 of the strings. When I play the 7, I use only 6 of the 7 strings. So, I am seeking opinions of my fellow bass players out there.... Are the issues as described above, a reality, or is it mostly all in my head only? The only true reality situation that exists to date so far, is the one person who approached me and "bashed" me for playing a 7. Since then, it did change me. Do you think the general audience out there really think these ill attitudes towards seeing a 7 string bass player, or do they simply just not care? I would feel much better if the general consensus is that they just don't care. If I could get over this feeling (that is why I am opening up to you)....if it turns out that many of you determine that this was just an isolated incident, that these fears are all just in my own head, I would feel much more comfortable to start playing the 7 more often again. I know you could say "don't worry about what other people think", or "don't worry about making other people happy", but again, this shows my humbleness, that I do (probably shouldn't though) care what people think of me. Anyway, any thoughts from all of you are greatly appreciated. I welcome the opinions of ALL bass players out there, but please, no "bashing" or rudeness or putdowns if you dislike 6 or 7 strings. I still welcome your opinion, but please be respectful. Thanks in advance everyone.