So i received the email a week ago, and i'm really having a difficult time choosing specs, even the number of strings, so i thought, why not have MG.org help me out?
So i tried a 7 string 4 days ago, to hopefully come to a decision on whether to go ahead with a 7 string or not. It was an iron label ibanez 7 string iirc, and i was COMPLETELY lost on that guitar. Maybe its a matter of getting used to, but i felt like playing guitar became a chore when i was playing 7 strings. Besides, i mostly do lead stuff, noodling and a few pop/rock gigs here and there(i cant seem to play 6 string material on a 7). So i've most probably decided on a 6 string(convince me if you feel otherwise). Thing is, my suhr modern and les paul custom would almost most probably lose all playtime, as the strandberg will probably become my main guitar.
Next, down to body shape, now that I'm most probably getting a 6 string, the varberg shape has also opened up as an option for me. I've just emailed them if the varberg is available with a full 24 fret board as opposed to the partially "cut off" ones on the current varbergs and masvidalien. I'm kinda partial to the varberg shape, but I'm a little apprehensive on the sandwiched body as i was thinking of a pure mahogany body, quilt maple top, bolt on rosewood neck and ebony fretboard combo. Kinda got this idea from Nolly's quilt top blackmachine b2 and I've been so used to the mahogany body and maple top combo, from my les paul custom to my suhr modern. Still, pretty open to discussion, and it would be fun hearing your take on wood choices and my current dilemna!
Finally, colour, hardware colour and pickups. Shoot me with any ideas. Nothing better than sharing this journey with my metalguitarist friends!
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I've included some links which i feel are relevant to this discussion! Thanks guys!
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvcekdVJJLQ]Seven String Guitar - an Introduction - YouTube[/VIDEO]
Shameless youtube spam - it's a matter of re-adjusting your perspective a bit, but once you do it's pretty easy to adapt to a seven string, and IMO the main advantages of the extended range really ARE for lead playing.
I also don't get the idea of specing out a guitar by committee, but maybe that's just me - I'd think if you were spending that kind of money on an instrument, you'd know what you wanted.