So today I went to grab some new strings at Long and Mcquade today and saw a couple newer guitars I had not tried yet. They had an RG2228 that they have had for a while and a Jackson JS32-Q8 Dinky in red and its natural 7 string counterpart. Ive never been a huge fan of jacksons but played one of the newer SLATXMGQ3-7 Soloist with the red quilted top (yes I am using the names off the site) and loved how it played. My two main guitars are an Ibanez RG1527 and RGA8 so these two are a quite a bit different to mine so I was excited to try em. The 7 played extremely well for such a cheap 7 string. The neck felt really comfy and even all the way around. The over all build quality was great and everything looked amazing. For under $400 bucks I would rather buy one of these than a RG7321 and I am an Ibanez man. The 8 string was almost exactly the same. Looked great and could not find any flaws. The only problem was they had the 8th string strung with the exact same string the 7th was. Just ruined the whole thing, didnt want to even play it at that point. I would say the last few times I have been to music stores, even just to browse, that things like this have happened. Last time I went 9/10 of the guitars I picked up (mostly with floyds) were so out of tune it could not be fixed by the fine tuners and I dont exactly carry a spare allen key with me when visiting larger music stores. I have stopped picking up basses (and I started as a bass player) because most are in desperate need for a set up and have action that would break fingers. While I totally understand how much better it is to just order your strings, I broke one and needed one right away and thought I would grab a few sets while there. I found it odd that a larger music store, which carried over half a dozen 7 and 8 strings, had almost nothing string wise for them. Also tried to buy a set of bass strings to tun E-C and they didnt have a single one that would work, and they had 6 string basses! Does anyone else find this strange? If I worked in a music store I would be elated to tune and set up guitars and basses all day. I would be taking pride in how well all the guitars played. Sorry for the little rant. I know it may be a confusing story to follow.