As a seven-string guitarist, I come across this situation virtually every day of my waking life. And in dreams nightmares too:

ME: Dude, you should totally check out the new Ibanez seven-strings.

DUDE: Seven strings? Ha! I have enough trouble with six!

We’ve all heard it, right? How do you respond to that? There are several ways, but you have to be careful because almost all of them make you sound like a douche. Here are some suggestions:

* “Well, David Bowie played Space Oddity on a twelve-string, so he’s got a clear five strings on me. And that was in the sixties!”

* “Oh the extra string’s no problem, but painkillers from the surgery to attach the extra finger left me doped out for days.”

* “It’s not that difficult. All you have to do is imagine you’re playing an eight-string with one less string.”

* “Hey, if those dumbasses in [insert favourite 90s Nu Metal punching bag here] could do it, even you can.”

Or my favourite:

* “Actually it’s just like a six-string but you can go five notes lower if you want to. It’s not a big deal.”

The last one is probably the most diplomatic.