Last Friday I walked into the GC in San Francisco and jammed on an LTD EC-407 for about an hour to an hour and a half, and it was a really solid guitar; however, I've come to not get along with the LP shape sans the PRS Akerfeldt singlecut model, due to the way they cut into your forearm after a little while of playing - which in this case, after about the hour, it was starting to do. I did like the neck profile it had, even if it was a satin finish and the dude who helped me was ace so I had him order an LTD MH-417 since it has the same neck but on a traditional body that I'm comfortable with. Unfortunately, at the time that wasn't the exact guitar I was looking for and still ordered it against my gut saying "you aren't going to enjoy it you dumb twat, why the fuck did you order it?" Which was true since I went in looking for an RGD7421.
Lo and behold, I'm just not feeling the LTD and it sort of has the same problem that the EC had with a really defined edges versus a taper like my other guitars have which I do believe has ruined me. So, I started my hunt again tracking down opinions on the 7421 as well as the RGA7's since maybe an overall archtop is what I need vs. having that middle block raised up like so many guitars do nowadays.
The more I look though, the more I'm worried about having the same thing happening with whatever guitar I order online and having to send it back time and time again, which made me thing of just picking up an older model like a 7421/7420 even where I've already owned a 7321 and was comfortable with the body. Only problem is that I detest trems but finding a 7421/7621 for reasonably priced is near impossible, so I may have to suck it up and deal with it. Not to mention the more I look at the RGA7's, the more I'm reminded of not caring for a gloss-black guitar, shitty stock faux-active pickups, and neck binding like the 7321 had.
I've watched a few videos to refresh my memory on changing strings and learning to change the action on them (far easier than I thought but I was naive when I had my past trem guitars) so I might actually be able to deal with them especially since I rarely even use them so I might just block it.
What would you guys do - buy the older model with a trem and deal with it (blocked/unblocked) or take the chances with the newer models that I may end up returning ...again?
Not to sound like a cork sniffer, but at the price point you're looking there really aren't a lot of options. You have 7x20s on the used market (best bet), or Schecter hardtails like the Hellraiser. (You can snag a used TOM HR pretty cheap these days, and they are great if you like the 707).
If you buy a cheap guitar with a trem, there's a 99% chance that the trem will suck.