When did Tom stop making 7s?
A good while ago. He only did a few batches originally. I don't think they even hit the site or official order forms.
Unfortunately the venn diagram of Tom Anderson buyers and 7-string fans are two almost completely separate circles. They languished on Reverb forever.
There aren't a lot of seven string trem options that AREN'T a floyd on the market. I don't know if you can get the Gotoh two-point trem Angel Vivaldi has on his signature 7 on its own now or it's just an OEM part on that bridge, but I really like the six string version and if you can I'd suggest looking at that too. I do find a seven string trem a little stiffer than a six - it's got however many more pounds of tension balancing it on knife edges that a low B represents at pitch - but not to any degree that really imp[acts usefulness.This knowledge is very useful. Thank you to all contributions. About trem .. would you say Floyd is the only viable option for 7 string? I cannot imaging a lo A or lo G gliding over saddle to allow returning to pitch. Also does the trem feel stiffer than on a 6? Thank you again!
I've never found this really an issue either.For Suhr Modern 7 users, are you finding lower horn being a problem? Is it too close to body?
This thread is going on forever, LOL! Another 2 cents from me.
Most all these builders can make a great 7 (or six or?). I think what gets lost in translation with BEST is the definition of CUSTOM. One of a kind build sheet guitars picked from a massive array of options is not CUSTOM.
Getting a guitar built with exactly what you want in terms of construction and dimension is CUSTOM. CUSTOM is not necessarily better than a build sheet guitar, but it could be better to the end user that has very specific demands.
What if you want a long tenon set neck with a neck plate too? Few builders offer it. What about a neck that is 1" at the nut in a V shape that grows to 1.375" at the 12th....few builders will do it. It's a custom feature and in many cases, these not normal dimensions kill resale no matter how good the build is because the guitar is so particular with dimensions, or switch, or neck size...whatever.
I have guitars in both these categories. Upper end builds that come from a menu, and real CUSTOM one of a kind dimensioned guitars. IMHO, the 100% hand built customs are better playing and better built guitars. That could be because they fit me so perfectly. My other guitars are awesome as well and very high quality, but when I pick one up compared to a full CUSTOM, the choice is obvious. And if I sell guitars, the CUSTOMS never go anywhere.
Who makes the best is anyone's guess and I can only speak from what I have owned. Full custom shop guitars; I only go to ESP Japan or Schecter Masterworks. My most recent Schecter masterworks is the best guitar I have ever owned without question.
The quality of the guitar exceeds guitars I have owned by TA, Suhr, Fender CS, ESP USA, Ibanez, PRS, Amfisound and Jackson by a margin. That said, all of the aforementioned guitars were outstanding in terms of fit and finish, and played very well. I still own guitars from these builders. I was and still am proud to own all of them and never had an issue. But I did not bond with any of them like I have my customs. I have been buying, selling, trading guitars for 30yrs now so I have had my mitts on a few, and I think if you play enough to really know what you want, it is better to have 2-3 customs then 20 run of the mill production guitars. When JEMs went through the roof I dumped mine and purchased CUSTOM to me guitars. Never regretted it for a moment.