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  1. #1

    Join Date: Jan 2013
    Location: Lebanon

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    Help with a new 7 stringer

    So I've been planning to buy a seven string guitar in the near future once I sell my current VMNT.

    It's going to be my first seven string guitar, so I'm not really experienced on that matter. Though, I've done LOADS of research to find a good guitar (preferably custom made) to satisfy my needs and be in my budget range.

    Styles I play:

    - "djent"
    - metalcore/instertrandommetalgenrecore
    - tech/prog death (gojira, opeth, the faceless, you know where I'm heading)

    Guitar brands I've had in mind:

    - Carvin (very nice craftsmanship, seducing finishes, versatile pickups, low prices)
    - Strictly 7: got loads of feedback on those, equally negative and positive, so I really don't know what to think about these guys
    - KxK: just wow. the stuff I've seen is extremely amazing. though I have no idea what they cost
    - Ibanez: my last choice really. I hate "mainstream" brands.
    - PRS: the only 7 string is an SE?

    My budget: $1500-$1800


  2. #2

    Join Date: Sep 2012
    Location: Carinthia/Austria
    ME: Edwards LP Custom

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    Go out to play and test the shit out of a bunch, then you'll see what suits your needs

  3. #3

    Join Date: Jan 2009
    Location: London, Ontario, Canada
    ME: WarmothTele/SE245
    MA: Seagull S12+
    MB: Fender Jazz Bass V
    Rig: Egnater Renegade 65

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    Buy a mainstream brand. If you don't know what you want, don't waste your time and money on a custom. It will either be above your price range, or it won't live up to your expectations, and either way, expect to wait at least a year.

    Carvin isn't really custom, so they're a good option, but they're harder to sell if you don't like what you got.

    A brief summary of the options available in/around that price range:

    -thin necks
    -25.5" or 26.5" scale
    -will usually need new pickups (though some of the new offerings actually come with decent stock pickups)
    -basswood mostly, though a few Mahogany

    -thin necks mostly (IIRC)
    -25.5" or 27" scale
    -usually come with decent pickups stock
    -mahogany mostly (IIRC)

    -thicker necks
    -longer scale length
    -decent stock pickups

    -thin necks (but not as thin as Ibanez?)
    -EMGs are the only stock pickups in 7s IIRC

    PRS SE-7
    -not yet available

    There's a few others out there, too. They'll all be roughly similar quality in that price range, you just have to pick the one that sounds, feels, and looks right for you.

  4. #4

    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: London ONT
    ME: PRS Custom 22
    Rig: JCM800

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    $1800 also gets you a used EBMM JP7 I think
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  5. #5

    Join Date: Jan 2009
    Location: London, Ontario, Canada
    ME: WarmothTele/SE245
    MA: Seagull S12+
    MB: Fender Jazz Bass V
    Rig: Egnater Renegade 65

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    Quote Originally Posted by budda
    $1800 also gets you a used EBMM JP7 I think
    That sounds right, and those are excellent.

  6. #6

    Join Date: Jun 2009
    Location: New Orleans
    ME: Elysian Custom
    Rig: Bias Desktop

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    With the new 7 strings from jackson and Ibanez alone you have a ton of options available to you.

    I recommend looking into the Jackson DKA7 or the Ibanez RG7421 (new one not the old one).

    Jackson FSR Pro Series DKA7 Dinky Electric Guitar - Satin White

    If you need something faster definitely look else where these just came out and wont be available for a month or 2 depending on how many people order them.

    Since this is your first 7 string I would do just like eleven59 suggests.
    I play Suhrs, not poor people guitars. -Chris

  7. #7

    Join Date: Dec 2012
    Location: So Cal
    ME: Schecter Hellraiser
    MA: Taylor 114CE
    Rig: Blackstar HT40

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    dude., look into Schecter!!! I tried out both their 7-string and 8-string Hellraiser series, it's juts plain SICKKK! don't outrule them!!!
    *Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom
    *ESP Eclipse II Standard
    *Schecter Hellraiser C1 FR-S
    *Taylor 114 CE
    *Blackstar HT40 + HTV112 cab
    *Fender Mustang I
    *Randall RVC5
    *Furman Pedal Board loaded with Bogner, Boss, ISP, Dunlop, Randall and Korg Stompboxes

  8. #8

    Join Date: Jan 2013
    Location: Sydney, Australia
    ME: Ibanez RG321EX
    MA: NA
    MB: NA
    Rig: Line 6 DT-25

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    I know you arn't really keen on a Ibanez but i picked up my RG1527z for under your budget with some aftermarket pickups and it is a amazing instrument Cannot comment on the others as i have not tried them.

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