I am looking at getting a Strandberg 7 and trying to gather the model differences. I mostly play hard rock and metal and use 7 strings for instrumental work. I don't really think I want a trem as I never use it on my 7s today so it is an extra headache for tuning. I had mostly been looking at 2 models, the original 7 and the metal 7. I am also curious about the standard 7 in that is the cost savings in the body and passive pickups + cosmetics or are there other corners cut. I would love any feedback on the differences between these models. I am not interested in other brands, 8 string, vs 7 etc. I managed to play a metal 7 and original 8 in London last week and I am truly interested in the endurneck and other ergonomic features of the Strandberg. As I get older, back, wrist and finger issues are more common and I also like the idea of the longer scale on the lower strings.