Hey guys, I've been playing on a 6 string electric guitar for 19 years and as I've progressed wanted to play more and more technical metal stuff, which is why I'm now looking at 7 string Jackson's and Ibanez's. The 2 guitars I'm really stuck on are the SLATXMG3-7 SOLOIST(Amazon.com: Jackson Seven String Electric Guitar with Rosewood Fingerboard SLATMGX3-7, Matte Black: Musical Instruments) and the CHRIS BRODERICK PRO SERIES 7 String(Amazon.com: Jackson Chris Broderick Pro Series Soloist 7 Satin Black: Musical Instruments).
The CB Pro really has the unique look I want but I'm not really down with paying extra for a signature model. How much of the price is the name? My end goal with my next purchase is to have the guitar with the most outstanding high sounds and playability at $1,000-$1,200. I could go as High as 1,500 if something really inspires me.
I kind of have an affinity/bias for Jackson guitars because I'm a huge fan of Emperor, not that emperor truely exploited the sound of a Jackson guitar but I know it'd at least get me to where I want to be. Later in that artists career he switched to playing progressive metal and moved to an Ibanez, but from my own research it seems that Jacksons may have better sound and playability. Anyone have experience with both?
I have experience with neither. I've been playing the same platinum series warlock for 18 years. Lol. You can probably understand why I'm reaching out for advice, I've hit the ceiling of capability on my guitar.
The Chris Broderick has more features and better pickups in my opinion. The EMG's in the SLAT are going to sound ok and replacements can be found if you dont like them but not as cheap as replacement passives in the Chris Broderick. I also like that the Chris Broderick has a coil split and a kill switch.
Another thing to consider is the scale length. The SLAT is 26.5" and the CB is 25.5". If you are looking to tune lower than A Standard I would recommend the longer scale so you can still retain some attack in your tone.