I started out with a sort of disdain towards the 7, 8, and 9 string guitars. I've been more of a traditionalist 6 string guy for most of my time. However, I have recently become interested in buying a 7 string (still think 8 and 9 are a bit much for me,) so what are some good recommendations? I have fairly small hands, so I'd much prefer one with a slimmer neck. I just don't know where to start looking. Thank you!
I'd go with the Schecter C7 Hellraiser, personally. Best mahogany neckthru you can get for ~$400 (used on ebay, at least).

The neck feels more Gibson than Fender, but you get used to the extended scale of 7's pretty quickly