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#2
Get the HSS, I got a Start and put a hotrail in the bridge. It sounds ok, but its not the same as a humbucker.
And a wise man once said:

"7 Strings are more brutal than 6"
#3
HSS more ability to do fun stuff
The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised
-George Will

Also caught her playing fallout boy on my guitar, changed my strings and cleaned it the next day.