So, I think I'm finally ready to buy my first extended-range guitar. I'm by no means bored with my six-string electrics but a lot of the songs I've been wanting to learn (Deftones, Meshuggah, Trivium, Periphery, Korn) all pretty much require an extended range instrument to pull off, at least without changing tunings or string gauges everytime. My only question is, do I go with an 8-string or a 7-string first? I know some people who say to get an 8-string right off the bat and I can kind of see their point with being able to play both 7-string and 8-string songs with just one guitar. Any benefits to getting a multi-scale instrument as my first? I also have a budget of about 1000 bucks, and don't really plan on any gigging as of now. I prefer fixed bridge guitars and passive pickups.