Cheapest Guitar That Won't Make Me Hate 7 Strings Forever

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  1. Fabxxxyyy

    Fabxxxyyy SS.org Regular

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    I need to make the jump to 7 string guitars, but I'm oscillating between expensive (sort of) and cheap guitars.

    On the expensive side I did basically decide on a Schecter KM-7 MK3, but I just saw a sneak peak of the new model (NAMM 2020) with a maple fretboard (which is one of the things I'd like to have). So I jumped back to the cheap side...

    The two guitars I have considered are a Jackson JS22-7 (or 32-7... not sure about the differences) with its nice 26,5" scale or an Ibanes 7421 (or a used 7321), with its neck profile, which should be good.

    A used guitar is fine and the price should not go over 300 dollars (or euros).
    Thanks!
     

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    fcv SS.org Regular

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    You can get a used agile 7 with a 27" scale for about $300
     
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    Kaura Fender mane

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    Woah, the dude said he wanted a guitar that won't make him hate 7-strings. :lol:
     
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    BigViolin breakfast foods

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    No brainer. 7421
     
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    jackson for sure

    the js 32 is 26.5'' scale and is really good. got mine for $233 shipped and i love it. i upgraded to hipshot locking tuners but you dont need to.

    i also recently got a x series DKAF7 with fanned frets that is killer. got it for $371 shipped. i also added hipshots but again 100% required.
     
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    Those Ibanez models are solid guitars for the price.
     
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    Vyn Not a Sparkly Vampire

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    27" is fine. Can easily go from B Standard to F Standard without too much fuckery.

    That being said, it would be better to go for a 25.5" 7 as a first one if you haven't had one before. The extra string alone will be a bit to deal with, let alone dealing with an extra string AND extended scale.
     
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    pastanator electronic musician

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    chiming in with how much i love my js22-7 for the thousandth time. granted mines got blackouts and its had the frets leveled just so i could get the action really low but even before the fretwork i preferred it to my friends rg7321
     
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    Seriously, a used Ibanez RG-7620 or 7631 will be a great value.
    The 7631 is the hard tail.
    My FR-7620 is basically a Perle body replacement for my old 7620 body with a Lo-Pro Edge 7 on it, these necks are great & mine is about 22 years old, hasn't needed a truss rod adjustment for a few years now.
     
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    ThePIGI King Ibanez Enthusiast

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    Not sure if Tony managed to typo twice, but he means 7621 is hardtail. However, they're usually not that low unless they're beat up.

    I've liked the 7421s I've played. I'm biased though, I'll always vote Ibanez for the best.
     
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    You mean 7621. I would really recommend a used MIJ RG7621 or RG7421. They play very easily, are well built and wont break the bank. Solid choice
     
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    This isn't 2009 you're not going to get a 76XX or MIJ 74XX that's not dogfood below the OP's budget
     
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    Vyn Not a Sparkly Vampire

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    You'll pay the OPs budget just for a beat up neck, let alone the entire 76XX
     
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    For your budget. rg7321 rg7421 or a used agile
     
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    ExplorerMike 60% of the time...it works every time.

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    You can get a brand new Jackson JS22-7 for $200. Personally I own one and think it’s hard to beat in that price range. I bought mine as a way to dip the toe in the 7 string game and loved it. I got the one with the maple neck/board and it plays great and needed minimal adjustments out of the box. I’d recommend that over anything else in that price range from what I’ve played.

    EDIT— Just checked Musicians Friend and they on sale for $159.99 right now. Go get one!
     
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    Echo a lot from above. 7321, 7421, 7621 (possible around $400-500) and the JS22-7. Neck profile and scale length will play a huge part in what brand you choose. Guitar center's used gear section will have a lot to offer as well as reverb. Or just save the money and wait to get the one you want.
     
  18. Fabxxxyyy

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    Thanks for all the replies!
    One thing that scares me about the Jackson (which I forgot to say) is the fret access at the higher frets.
    There seems to be a huge block of wood down there (contrary to the Ibanez), so I was wondering if it's difficult to play there.

    PS: I'm from Europe
     
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    teqnick The only person that liked the new Faceless album

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    Ah, but weren't those the days.Bernie Rico Jr was good and KXK existed, the Axe FX ultra was taking the industry by storm. The RG1527m was in production.

    All jokes aside, the js22/32-7 is a killer option under 300. Maybe look at used ones, to one with bridge/tuner upgrades. Mine had some fret ends that were a little sharp, but the guitar was awesome for the $200 I paid.
     
  20. ExplorerMike

    ExplorerMike 60% of the time...it works every time.

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    I don’t think the neck joint/block is any worse than a normal bolt on guitar, might actually be better than some. The neck thins out a bit the closer to the body it gets. I never noticed any issues playing up in that range of the neck. It’s much better than your average chunky Les Paul neck block.
     

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