Best 7 String for £400-600 ($650-1000)

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  1. matthewsdeth

    matthewsdeth Salvatore Leone

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    Hi guys,

    This is my first thread on here (as you will obviously see further down), I am just looking for some advice from everyone. There might already be a thread but I have done a search and couldn't find anything.... if there is one please let me know and I will read that instead.

    I am looking to purchase my first 7 after playing 6's in our band for years, and I am looking for some guidance from the experts (hence you guys) for the best guitars around.

    I have a budget of £400-600 to spend and could possibly stretch abit more if the deal is there.

    If it helps at all: Our band plays WhiteChapel/The Ghost Inside style riffs, involving some hard hitting parts with some chugging fast picking metal parts.

    In terms of rig, I am rocking Laney Ironheart with an OD-808 infront of it and a ISP Decimator through a Harley Benton V30 cab.

    I have been looking at the following in my price range:

    Ibanez RG927QMZ-RDT Premium
    Schecter Diamond C-7 Blackjack ATX
    Ibanez RGIR27FE-BK Iron Label 7
    ESP Ltd TE-407
    Jackson Soloist 7

    Not sure if there are any more options out there that anyone knows of? Been looking at the Agile ranges aswell, any thoughts?.

    Cheers in advance guys, much appreciated.
     
  2. lukeshallperish

    lukeshallperish Total Gear Slut

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    Look for a used ibanez rgd2127fx
     
  3. Matthew

    Matthew SS.org Regular

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    +1 or the RGD2127z if trems are your thing. I had the z and it was easily the best 7 I've ever played.

    That LTD is pretty sexy though... Looks like the new Chapman 7s might be up your alley.
     
  4. matthewsdeth

    matthewsdeth Salvatore Leone

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    Cheers for that 'lukeshallperish', just had a quick look, couldn't find any yet but will have a deeper look later.
     
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    matthewsdeth Salvatore Leone

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    Also thanks for that MSriewski! I will check them both out, right up my street!

    Those Chapmans are nice mate, wish they did a few more finishes though. Anyone had a play on one of those at all?
     
  6. hairychris

    hairychris Hairy Old Bloke

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    I'd not bother with Agile if you're not a USA-er. They were pretty good value a few years back but right now, not so much. And there's no returns on international items.

    You can't go wrong with used old Ibanez RG 7s (742x, 762x, 1527, etc) when they show up.

    Can't help with new stuff!
     
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    madloff SS.org Regular

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    Definitely hunt for a good deal used as thats how you're going to get the most guitar for your money. For the price, I agree the RGD2127 or a RG1527 would be ideal. I've always liked Jacksons though, I have a friend who swears by them. Don't know how affordable Carvins are for the international guys, but they also make some really sweet guitars.
     
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    matthewsdeth Salvatore Leone

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    Cheers for the awesome replies guys, looks like Ibanez is the second hand choice for everyone.

    I will check them out and see what I can find.

    Also looking at the TE-407 so if anyone spots a review, be awesome to check that out aswell. Can't see any at the moment
     
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    kchay SS.org Regular

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    I've got an RG1527 and love it. Definitely a good workhorse.
     
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    3trv5u tone whore

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    One more vote for RGD2127. I don't personally own the guitar but a friend of mine does and I had the opportunity to play it a couple of times and it was easily one of the best guitars I've had in my hands. Looks killer also.
     
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    Look to something used, you can have more with the same budget. No one have mentioned Ibanez RG 7620 and RG 7420 they are MIJ. Also the RGD2127 is a good choice..
     
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    hairychris Hairy Old Bloke

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    I love Carvin guitars but to order from the UK you're looking at twice the OP's budget.

    If any used ones turn up then they are well worth it. :yesway:
     
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    Sounds stupid, but is there a shop you can go to and try them out?

    They all look like great guitars to me, so in the end it just might be personal preference.

    From my experience of Ibanez vs Ltd, I'd say Ibanez were of better quality.
     
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    Cort K47/57B + Blackouts!
     
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    I'd add that your tuning plays a factor as well.

    Lower tunings benefit from a longer scale.

    I highly disagree with the previous Agile comment.

    I just got my first agile last week. A 27" and I tune pretty low.

    I have had $1,500 Ibanez guitars, own a 92' S540 and have had some mid range BC Rich and Jackson guitars.

    The Agile competes easily. Very nice guitar. It's solid, plays very well and fast and sounds great.

    Granted if you don't care about scale length and you can find a used ibby in that price range go for it.
     
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    I so wish you could get Agiles in the UK!
     
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    I recently picked up a 1527 for less than £400. The stock pups sound like ass though!
     
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    thedarknightshreds Goregrind Elitist

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    New: Chapman ML-7 (once somebody gets a review up somewhere)
    Used: If you can find a used iron label 7 string I think you would be pretty well off
     

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