#1
So I've been playing guitar for about five years (mostly in a church or high school jazz band setting) and I've always used a 6 string guitar. Recently I've been getting into some bands that use 7 string guitars (Korn, Meshuggah, Deftones) so now I want to be able to try and cover some of their work.

Long story short: What is a good 7-string guitar to learn on?

Budget: $450-600
City: Tallahassee, FL
Preferences: Don't mind a thick neck cause I play rhythm, more concerned with tone
FX/Amp: Line6 Pod HD500, Blackstar ht-5/Carvin cab
Used: Don't mind it
#2
The LTD MH-417 is a really good guitar.

There's also Schecter, Ibanez and Agile on the cheaper side of things, but they usually don't have very great pickups.
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Ibanez RGA42E
Ibanez S420
LTD H-301
Ibanez RG520
Peavey Predator USA
Douglas Grendel 725
Line 6 Pod HD500X
#3
I don't mean to advertise, but I got a Septor Elite 7 string I'm looking to sell.

http://www.rondomusic.com/septoreliteemgebbkflm.html

Essentially that except it has blackouts instead, I'd let it go for 600 and I'd go 50/50 on shipping if you're interested.

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#4
+1 for the LTD MH-417.

Stays in tune well and fantastic playability. I just personally don't like the EMGs and non-locking Tune-o-matic bridge.
Gear:
ESP LTD MH-417
Marshall JVM210H
Marshall 1960A 4x12 Cab