Seven-string guitar with high fret access

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  1. yuastnav

    yuastnav Member

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    Hey guys,

    so I'm looking for a seven-string guitar that has easy high fret access.
    I'm haven't decided yet when, if at all, I'm going to buy one. If I do it now I wouldn't want to spend more than ~1500€. Though in two years I might spend up to ~4000€.

    Right now I have a 7-string Epiphone Les Paul from 2000. It's a very nice guitar and it sounds awesome. Dunno what those pick ups are but with my Roland GA-212 it sounds incredible.
    Unfortunately shredding is a bit difficult. I'm still a beginner but doing fast scale runs on my PRS SE Custom 24 is much easier. The Les Paul has a very wide neck and it doesn't "feel" fast. I'm not sure how to describe the phenomenon but it feels like it takes more effort to go along the neck.

    Would I be able to get a good 7-string guitar with a fast neck and easy high-fret access for under ~1500€? If not I can certainly wait and, in a few years, maybe get the Majesty from music man. I dunno, I kinda dig the design. Unfortunately, with such expensive guitars the Euro price tends to be higher than the Dollar price.
    At Sweetwater this guitar costs ~2590USD whereas if I'd order one here in German from Thomann I'd spend ~3700Euro (~4300USD). Yeah, I realise that there's still tax and shipping&handling etc. but it still kind of strange.

    That's why I'm curious whether I'd be able to get something nice for a lower price.

    And since I'm already here: how does that thing stay in tune without a Floyd-Rose when doing those dive-bombs? Is the locking tuner really that good? If that's the case, I'd want those!
    I'm not quite sure what to think of the neck, though. Of course the neck-through design gives more sustain but I read that if the thing is damaged the repair cost is going to be through the roof. Anyone had any experience with them?
     
  2. Zhysick

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    You have a very wide catalogue in Thomann of 7 string guitars with prices from 120€ to 5000€ or more (I didn't look that high!)

    But for less than 1500€ I would look for this Ibby with new pickups:
    Ibanez RGIT27FE-SBF

    Or, better, a Shecter like this one:
    Schecter Banshee 7 Passive TBB

    Or the Hybrid:
    Schecter Hellraiser Hybrid C-7 TBB 2014


    Also you have the great Ibanez RGD but I don't like Basswood:
    Ibanez RGD2127Z-ISH


    LOT of stuff... but if you don't mind to wait a few years and buy the Majesty... just wait. That guitar is amazing...
     
  3. stuglue

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    The Schecter km7 and Jl 7 both are meany to have great access to the high frets. The neck recess picture I've seen look like you shouldn't have any problem getting in there
     
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    I have the Schecter JL-7 (just be sure to get the 2014 model, not the older one with EMG 707s). Designed for shredding and has fantastic high-fret access. Exchange rate favors the Euro slightly right now and I paid $1000 USD for it, so it should definitely be in your price range!
     
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    From the different 7's I've owned...

    Ibanez RG & Universe
    Ibanez RGD
    Ibanez RGA
    Mayones Setius
    Schecter Jeff Loomis (1st gen)
    LTD SC607B
    EBMM JPXI
    ROTER! :lol:

    ...the ones with the best fret access are by far the JPXI and RGD. :2c:
     
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    Schecter. Anything with the ultra access cutaway
     
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    Most Schecters really. The set neck cutaways are REALLY nice.
     
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    If you don't mind the shape, the Gary Kramer Tubulence and r729 both have ridiculous access. You'll have to find one used, though.
     
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    most strat-designs like schecters or Ibbys have good upper fret access.
    you might want to look at 27-fret guitars.
    the washburn posted is cool. plus they have the stephens extended cut which i nice.
     
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    Wait for used Majesties 7's to show up. It's an amazing guitar with an incredible high fret access!
     
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    Newer Schecters, RGD/RG, Dean RC7
     
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    Throwing my hat in for the RGD2127FX (or Z depending on if you want Trem or not)
    Perfect high fret access, the nicest cut of a guitar body I have ever played.
     
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    These Buz-7s kick so much ass.[​IMG]
     
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    I have a Jackson DKA7 Pro and you have an awesome access to the higher frets! And its even under 800€ if you buy a new one...
     
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    Good looking axe......are the specs on the washburn site correct? 43mm it's a 6-string nut width....or one of the 7s slimmest nut width ever made....but 95% the site is wrong ;)

    Shannon, could you tell me how thick is the neck at 1st and 12th fret (19mm 21mm like a typical ibby7, less, more?)?

    ESP and Washburn specs (and others, too....) never write this, and can't understand why, as it's just as important as nut width and fretboard radius......
     
  20. lorguitarist

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    I definitely 2nd the ESP/LTD BUZ-7. Great fret access and comfortable wizard like satin neck.

    Also the Schecter KM-7. Same deal, super comfy, good fret access and smooth satin neck. Also you get SS frets

    I own both and they're my two favorites. Both fret boards are really nice. good quality ebony on the KM-7 and beautiful unfinished (non of that gloss crap) maple on the BUZ. Mine even has some nice streaking.

    Not to mention there price range. Each are $1000 give or take.
     

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