Hello fellows ! I'm really glad to create my first topic and be part of the family after months reading this forum. It's really a gold mine of information for ERG guitars ! To introduce myself, I'm a french guitarist, composer and teacher in a music conservatory in France. I love drone music, shoegaze and metal band like my TOP 3 : Gojira, Meshuggah and Animals As Leaders. My current gear is : - G&L S-500 guitar with very low action - Fender YJM NPS 008-046 String Set (008 - 011 - 014 - 022 - 032 - 046) - 2 Vovox jack - Axe-FX XL+ - MFC-101 foot controller In past years, I was using a Hiwatt Custom 20 (and Vox AC15) and few effects pedals : reverb EarthQuaker Ghost Echo, overdrive Fulltone OCD and distorsion MXR Fullbore Metal. I'm a solo artist and I don't like to play in a band, so I already know that I will never join or create a band in my life. I play in concert with electronics sounds diffusion and interactive video projections. Now, I want to buy an additionnal guitar to complete my G&L that I love ! I'm looking for a ERG because I have new composition ideas that requires that extra range, and I want also to explore new possibilities of chording and arpeggios. I always play 6 strings guitars, but I have big hands so it's not a big deal. I play most of the times with a clean sound because I play mainly with tapping and percussion, but I will also use this guitar with distorsion. To give you an idea of what I want to do : Tosin Abasi is my biggest influence. And now, it's the time I need you (sorry for the big introduction...) ! I've already some precise ideas of what I want. My perfect guitar will be : - 8, 9 or 10 strings with extra low strings only (no high A) - fanned fret for intonation - lowest action and string tension possible - 27 frets - vibrato - killswitch First of all, I hesitate between a 8, 9 or 10 strings guitar. For now, a 9 strings seems to be the best choice for me. I'm pretty sure that I will be quickly unsatisfied with a 8 strings, because I know myself... I'll NEED those extra low notes that a 9 strings can do. So why not a 10 strings ? Because I have doubts on the lowest string clarity. I want to play very low notes but I also want them to be precise and clear. But I'm not an expert at all in ERG guitars, so maybe there some 10 strings guitars with good precision in the very low range. For now, I searched in the most common brands (I'm considering the luthier option too). I saw the Schecter Hellraiser C-9 and the Ibanez RG9 but both don't have fanned fret. I saw Agile guitars, but since I live in France, it will be costly because of import taxes... I saw also Legator, but I don't know this brand. Ran don't make guitar with more than 8 strings (and I don't really know them as well). I running out of ideas... since I don't know a lot of brand that produces ERG guitars. For you, with brand is the best for guitar like the one I want ? Big thanks for reading that big first post and for helping !