#1
I'm looking for a guitar where I have a low A string (and the rest in standard). I've decided for one of two options:

-Buy a 6-string guitar and tune down the low E-string
-Buy a trustworthy 7-string (Have never played one so I have zero experience)


Either New or used is acceptable (ordering online is not an option)

Budget: 1000-1300 usd
Neck-profile: A medium (C-shape I guess)
Location: Sweden
Genre: Hard-rock/prog-rock/modern alternative rock

Other gear I have:
Gibson Custom Professional ES-335
Ibanez RG 2550Z Prestige
Orange TH30 Amplifier

Pedalboard:
Tuner
Hall of fame reverb
DD7 delay
Super octave oc3
Combo-drive bc2
Whammy 5
Way huge swollen pickle fuzz

To give you some more info on what kind of music I'm playing:
My band Inglorious Days where I sing and play guitar.
We're a trio but plan on adding piano as well.
https://soundcloud.com/inglorious-days

I've played around with ideas where I've tuned the low E string to A so I need a new guitar.
The guitar needs to have good cleans and distorted tones so what to prefer between active/passive pickups?

If you need any other info to help me please ask!
#2
you want a baritone.
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#3
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you want a baritone.

What is a good brand when it comes to baritones? aren't all strings tuned down on baritone guitars? because I only want to tune down the First low string
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What is a good brand when it comes to baritones? aren't all strings tuned down on baritone guitars? because I only want to tune down the First low string

The 5th string on a baritone is also an E.

It's very fundamental in music theory to know that the lowest tuned string on a guitar is called the 6th string (or 7th in the case of 7's) and not the 1st. The first string (looking from treble-bass) is defined as the 1st string in guitar convention.

Baritones have their advantages over 7 strings. Such as the nature of their tuning being such that chords are going to be played exactly the same way as on a regular guitar. Just tuned really low. A 7 string runs into the issue of the way the intervals between chords being shifted to a different position.

B-E-A-D-G-B-E for a 7
B-E-A-D-F♯-B for a downtuned 6.

This makes conventional chording shapes on a 6 string not work on a 7.
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Baritones have their advantages over 7 strings. Such as the nature of their tuning being such that chords are going to be played exactly the same way as on a regular guitar. Just tuned really low. A 7 string runs into the issue of the way the intervals between chords being shifted to a different position.

B-E-A-D-G-B-E for a 7
B-E-A-D-F♯-B for a downtuned 6.

This makes conventional chording shapes on a 6 string not work on a 7.

I have a song Idea where I do (with low E being tuned to A) where the starting chord is 332000. then I move it around and do other stuff but for what I want to do, having all strings tuned down isn't really an option.

You mention issues with the intervals but isn't that more true if it is a low B string as opposed to a low A string? I can work the logic out it's not that :P but for this specific case, would a 7-string (AEADBGE) or a 6-string (AEADBGE) be more suitable?
#6
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B-E-A-D-G-B-E for a 7
B-E-A-D-F♯-B for a downtuned 6.

This makes conventional chording shapes on a 6 string not work on a 7.

But since there's only one string different (by a half step) it's pretty easy to bring the 7 around. 
#7
I have a baritone tuned to F♯-F♯-E-B-G♯-C♯, so that's the same idea but lower. You could probably do it on a 25.5 inch scale, but you'll need pretty heavy strings. I used to do the tuning I now have on my baritone on a regular 25.5 inch scale guitar and I used an 11-70 set, which was decent for tension, but so thick it became muddy, hence getting the baritone. I'd try out a regular 10-46 set or whatever you like and toss the lowest string for something like a 54 or even a bit heavier. 
#8
As far as guitars, you have so many options with that budget. If you went with Used, consider the CIJ Fender Jaguar Baritone (28.5" scale, SC/SC) or MIJ Jaguar Special Baritone (27" scale, HB/HB).  The inexpensive Squier VM Baritone JazzMaster is really nice (30" scale!).

Then there are those from PRS (Mushok 27"), LTD and ESP, Shecter, etc.