Who's leading the way?

Discussion in 'Sevenstring Guitars' started by JP Universe, Jul 13, 2018 at 4:38 AM.

  1. JP Universe

    JP Universe Giggity Contributor

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    Which guitar brand for you is the best in 2018 at this present time with regards to where they sit and their future? Tell me why?

    -Price vs features?
    -Range?
    -Customer service?
    -Custom work?
    -Progressive thinking?
    -Artist roster?
    -Advertising?

    Interested to see where SSO sit with this topic

    You get the idea.... GO
     
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  2. MaxOfMetal

    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    The guitar market is so segmented, I don’t think there’s a single brand that comes close to nailing even half of those things better than others.

    Not to mention some of those are so subjective that there’s really no way to answer them.

    Might as well ask who’s everyone’s favorite brand, as the answers won’t be dissimilar.
     
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  3. cardinal

    cardinal Strat 7 Guy

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    Good time to be a 7-string player. Lots of quality options out there.

    I still will complain about this at every opportunity though: wish companies would realize that just because people want an extra string or two doesn’t mean they want extra frets.

    And it’s too bad it seems Gibson has gotten out of the game. For the last several years, they’ve done one seven string (I think it was Flying V, Explorer, LP Classic, SG, then LP Standard). But it doesn’t look like there’s one this year.
     
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    iamaom SS.org Regular

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    Parker Fly, cuz they ain't got no product line and I ain't got no money. Match made in heaven.
     
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    KnightBrolaire gearwhoricus americanus

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    duh rangers lead the way
     
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    Sogradde SS.org Regular

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    I would distinguish between custom or semi-custom shops and large scale operations. I think when it comes to production guitars, Schecter and ESP are in a pretty good spot right now, even though Schecter QC has apparently been a little off the last couple of weeks/months but overall, I suppose you still get a pretty good bang for the buck. Jackson got back into the game ever since they started working with Misha but they are not where they could be I think. Personally I don't like his signature models but I know a lot of people do, especially here on SSO.

    Ibanez kinda dropped the ball with their splitting-up-thingy. Premiums should die out, Iron Label should be a part of the prestige line, rosewood boards should be outright banned, like forever and they need to offer more interesting features like proper multiscale with a reasonable fan and parallel fret, more scale length options outside of the RGD line (or just expand the RGD series again), SS frets should be mandatory without a $500 upcharge, etc. Also I'm not quite sure but I think the EU catalog is smaller than it was last year because they canned some models and lots of new ones are available in the US only.

    PRS are as good as ever but still lacking in the 7-String department.
     
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  7. Frey

    Frey SS.org Regular

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    I'd say B.C. Rich, both custom and production line





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    teqnick The only person that liked the new Faceless album

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    custom?

    Aristides

    Production, ESP/LTD/E-II are just shitting on the game.
     
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    Replies in bold :)
     
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    I think if Aristides decided to either partner with a Strandberg or similar company or else get into the headless/ergonomic game it would be game over then.
     
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    Ordacleaphobia Can only power chord

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    Max kinda hit the nail on the head, but here's my opinion-

    Price/Features - Is and probably always will be Agile. For US customers at least, you will never find a better ratio. If you want to try something new, grab an Agile.
    Range - I'm not sure what you mean, like options? I'd honestly go with Ibanez right now. They aren't all MiJ goodness, but they have a ton of options these days.
    Customer Service - Probably Schecter, possibly also Agile.
    Custom Work - Seems like you can't beat the ESP custom shop. PRS maybe. Really wish I had the money to give an informed opinion on this one :lol:
    Progressive thinking - Ibanez. First big manufacturer to have a decent production multiscale says a lot in my book.
    Artist Roster - Entirely subjective but Jackson and PRS have been killing it.
    Advertising - Meh, don't know. Also don't care.
     
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    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    Gibson is definitely due for another 7. It would be really cool to see an ES7, they've done pretty much everything else.

    The Heafy Epi LPC7s are selling well apparently, so I could see them doing a Gibson run at some point.

    I'm still surprised we haven't seen a legitimate Strat 7 from Fender, or at least a Strat 7 (22 fret, pickguard, non-locking trem, at least two single coils) with Charvel on the headstock.
     
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    ThePIGI King Death Will Reign

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    Hua!
    Go Army
     
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    jephjacques BUTTS LOL

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    They've done a bunch of one-off 7s but no stock models yet is surprising, yeah.

    As far as brands making good instruments and doing things I think are cool: EBMM is putting out some killer stuff, between the revamped Stingray basses, the HH St. Vincent guitars (haterz go home, they own), and the upcoming Richardson sig, there's like a 95% chance I'll be giving them more money in the next year.

    Aristides is definitely leading the hype train but incredibly, their instruments actually live up to it. We need more good non-wood guitars, more sustainably grown wood guitars, and less destroying the environment for fancy-looking coffeetable guitar tops.

    It really seems like Ormsby is kicking ass in the import market, I'm seeing their stuff all over the place, from France to Japan to the US, and it seems to be good quality stuff.

    Nobody really talks much about Ran on here but I'm still shocked at how good their guitars are these days. They're definitely the dark horse of the Eurobuilder world.
     
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    I would say ESP since they cover literally every category very well apart from progressive thinking.
     
  16. Grand Moff Tim

    Grand Moff Tim Some call me... Tim

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    Edwards makes one, though the headstock is... unfortunate.

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    Yeah, an actual Gibson would be cooler, but I still kinda want it.
     
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    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    The inlay bothers me more than the headstock, but that's still awesome.

    I love that they left it 24.75".

    For ~$1300 is it still MIJ?
     
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    Grand Moff Tim Some call me... Tim

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    That seems to depend on who you ask. :lol::lol::lol:

    I couldn't tell you.
     
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    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    Yeah, that's right at the threshold of it going either way.

    I'd hate to go down the Edwards Truther rabbit hole. :lol:
     
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    cardinal Strat 7 Guy

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    Well yeah I can tell you who is not leading the way: Charvel. They won’t even accept a masterbuild order for a 7-string now. I’m mean, really?
     

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