Hey there Sevenstring! I'd like to ask for your help in a very fun matter, but one that requires some research before I commit. After over 20 years of playing and some success, I want to treat myself. I'd like to find myself an absolutely spectacular, first-class instrument, and have a pretty high budget for this acquisition (about 4000 US dollars). Now, it won't be a heritage instrument, a Gibson or a Fender, or I wouldn't be posting here. Firstly, I play seven string guitars, and secondly, I'm very fond of trem systems, which pretty much cements me in the 'superstrat' or contemporary category. For the moment my workhorse is this: https://www.jacksonguitars.com/gear/guitars/pro-series-soloist-sl7/2914227568 And I love most things about the guitar. It plays wonderfully, it sounds great and overall I'm pretty happy. But I want to truly spoil myself with something extravagant. I've taken the liberty of dividing my specs into what is absolutely necessary (need to have), things I'd like to see but don't necessarily need (nice to have), and things I want to avoid. Need to have: - 25.5 inch scale - 7 strings - Passive pickups - Coil split - Tremolo system (preferably FR-like) - 24 frets (or more) Nice to have: - Neck-through (or similar fret access) - Ebony or rosewood fretboard with binding - Figured wood top with a transparent color, preferably blue or purple - Body binding (or exposed top wood) - Compound radius fretboard - Stainless steel frets - Easily accessible volume knob (pinky swells) - Tone knob Don't want: - Fanned frets - Dot inlay - Extreme shapes (V, Warrior, Explorer) - Headless guitars - Budget of $4000 I've managed to find these two candidates: http://www.ibanez.com/products/eg_d...3&cat_id=1&series_id=1&data_id=425&color=CL01 https://www.caparisonguitars.com/products/tat-special-7-fm/ But before I pull the trigger on anything, I want to know all the facts. Who are the manufacturers I'm missing? What are my custom options (especially now that Kiesel don't do Floyd Rose 7 strings)? What guitar haven't I heard of, that you guys want to tell me about? Who are the Tom Andersons and Suhrs of the seven string world? And do you have anything to say about the Ibanez or Caparison above? Help me make a wise investment!