I have noticed allot more players in this forum with 7 string basses....yes 7 strings. I have to ask, WHY? Is a 7 string really necessary and/or useful or is it some sort of primitive ego thing? Now don't get me wrong, I have nothing against extended range basses, But 7 strings??? Now I have a 6-string of my own. It is fun to use when taking a solo, but not much more. I don't do much chord work (I leave that to the guitar and keys) and it useless to get down to any serious slapping. (I use my 5-strings for that). Plus the neck width makes it uncomfortable for long sets (I know I am not the only one that says this about these wide neck basses). I also have to wonder about the finger length of the players using them. Unless you have the fingers of Louis Johnson, how do you smoothly play one of these things? Now I know you 7'ers will flame me....but I gotta ask!