#1
I'm looking for a seven string, as I got rid of an Ibanez years ago and I'm getting back into playing on a seven, and I've got it narrowed down to a few guitars, which I'm looking for opinions on. I'm between a Jackson SLATTXMG3-7 - http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/jackson-slathx-m-3-7-7-string-electric-guitar, a Schecter Hellraiser C-7 - http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/HRC7WHT, an ESP/LTD MH-417 - http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/esp-ltd-mh-417-7-string-electric-guitar, and just buying an RG7421 and swapping pickups, as I generally love Ibanez (I've owned a number of them, and my main is an S that I absolutely would never part with). Which one's worth it? Thoughts? Profanities? Opinions?

My price range is under 1k US. Preferably under $900, ideally between 6 and 800, and while I'm aware of used, I'm an ebay-phobic (been burned), and my range of travel is limited. This leaves me to rely on ordering via online.

Thanks in advance.

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#2
What do you want in terms of sound? The Schecter and the LTD have active pups and the Jackson has passives. The LTD also has a smaller scale in comparison with the Schecter and the Jackson.

Personally, i would go for the Jackson, because I don't like active pickups and Jacksons have the most comfortable necks for me. And I don't like 25.5" scale on 7 strings, another reason I wouldn't choose the LTD. But this is all personal opinion, you can't go wrong with any of them.

Can't you try them out and see which one you like the most?
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#3
Unfortunately, I can't put my hands on them. This will be buying blind online, as the shops nearby where I live are struggling like crazy and don't have anywhere near what I'm looking for. I'm definitely for passive pickups over active, but that's not an absolute deal breaker for me. I'm leaning to the Jackson heavily, but wanted some other opinions. If I hate any of these, there's a no-hassle, no argument return policy, so I'm not too worried about that. Just looking for objective advice.

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I'd highly recommend the Schecter, just because I have two of them, love them, and I love the company. The Hellraiser has a great feeling neck, too. A bit thicker, compared to ibanez, jackson and esp/ltd, but I really like that. And they're definitely still thin necks. Not baseball bats like old gibsons. Just on the thicker side of thin.

Also, if you don't like active pickups, Schecter just introduced a Hellraiser with passives. They put their own high end custom shop pickups in it. I haven't got a chance to play one yet, but I've heard nothing but good things about those pickups. They also have several other models with Seymour Duncan pickups.
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Unfortunately, I can't put my hands on them. This will be buying blind online, as the shops nearby where I live are struggling like crazy and don't have anywhere near what I'm looking for. I'm definitely for passive pickups over active, but that's not an absolute deal breaker for me. I'm leaning to the Jackson heavily, but wanted some other opinions. If I hate any of these, there's a no-hassle, no argument return policy, so I'm not too worried about that. Just looking for objective advice.


I see. What about the scale length? For me, the 26.5 scale would be better so the Low B isn't very floppy. To have a tighter Low B on the LTD, you would have to use bigger string gauges. It's really up to you on how you prefer the feel of the strings.

About the Ibanez, I would get one of the other 3 because of their neck-through construction. If you have a 900$ budget, there's no reason to buy a bolt on (unless you prefer bolt ons). The quality of the materials on the other 3 guitars should be better too.

That's all I can tell you, my experience with 7-strings is somewhat limited. I'll let someone with more experience give you more objective advice. I hope I helped you in any way.
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I see. What about the scale length? For me, the 26.5 scale would be better so the Low B isn't very floppy. To have a tighter Low B on the LTD, you would have to use bigger string gauges. It's really up to you on how you prefer the feel of the strings.

About the Ibanez, I would get one of the other 3 because of their neck-through construction. If you have a 900$ budget, there's no reason to buy a bolt on (unless you prefer bolt ons). The quality of the materials on the other 3 guitars should be better too.

That's all I can tell you, my experience with 7-strings is somewhat limited. I'll let someone with more experience give you more objective advice. I hope I helped you in any way.

Yeah, I'm a bit more of a fan of the longer scale as well. And the added resonance from a neck-through design would benefit as well. And you've definitely helped, so thanks.

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I'd highly recommend the Schecter, just because I have two of them, love them, and I love the company. The Hellraiser has a great feeling neck, too. A bit thicker, compared to ibanez, jackson and esp/ltd, but I really like that. And they're definitely still thin necks. Not baseball bats like old gibsons. Just on the thicker side of thin.

Also, if you don't like active pickups, Schecter just introduced a Hellraiser with passives. They put their own high end custom shop pickups in it. I haven't got a chance to play one yet, but I've heard nothing but good things about those pickups. They also have several other models with Seymour Duncan pickups.

That was the other one I was really comparing with the Jackson. The only minus for me on it is the active pickups, but again, that's not a deal-breaker for me. I'll go between one of those two, I'm thinking.

Thanks for the input as well.

“We’re built of contradictions, all of us. It’s those opposing forces that give us strength, like an arch, each block pressing the next. Give me a man whose parts are all aligned in agreement and I’ll show you madness. We walk a narrow path, insanity to each side. A man without contradictions to balance him will soon veer off.”



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#8
Get yourself a Schecter KM-7 used. Basically praised as the best 7 string under a grand. Going through a vetted source like sevenstring.org, Reverb, or the Guitar Porn Gear Exchange on Facebook means you will have referrals and references for the seller and paying Paypal fees means extra protection. Even ebay isn't terrible if you pay with paypal. Truth of the matter is 99% of the time you're dealing with an honest person. Even people who get burned and then still do online dealing will tell you that.

With that said you might even be able to find a new KM-7 at around $900. I know my local GC knocked it down to $900 before it sold.
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#9
That jackson is great. Got the green one myself and ive owned a few differnt ibanez 7's over the years and played LTD/Schecter 7's too.

The Jackson has been my fave to play out of them all.
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#10
i haven't tried those specific models, but i was very impressed by the ibanez iron label series, i liked both the seven and the baritone quite a bit.

i am slightly biased first toward ibanez, and secondly jackson . i have owned several of each, and three LTD's. i currently own three ibanez prestige models.
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