Long time reader, first time poster! I'm looking at buying my first 7 string (I currently own a few 6s) and can't really decide on a brand let alone a specific model. I don't really want to spend more than $600ish, and I was wondering what is the best deal at that price point (I want to get something with passive pups with the idea of upgrading them later, no trem, and preferably in a color other than black). Now with that said, I can afford to pay up to around $1000, but I wonder if its really worth it to spend that much on my first 7, rather than get something cheaper now, and upgrading later once I'm a better player and most likely will have some stronger preferences in regards to 7 strings. Thoughts?