Why are almost all production 7s S shapes?

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  1. sleewell

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    Do you think tele, singlecut or offset types like jazz masters would sell as 7 strings? I know there are exceptions but it seems like nearly all production level 7s are double cut S shapes with some Vs but not much else.

    Gotta be based off sales at this point I'm sure but I'm just curious if anyone else wants some more variety.
     
  2. MaxOfMetal

    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    Everyone wants more variety until they have to pay for it. :lol:
     
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    KnightBrolaire grossly incandescent

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    I'd love more tele/offset/pointy 7 strings, but it seems like most people don't. The big problem is that 7 strings are more niche than 6 (don't even get me started on 8 or 9 strings) and they just don't have as big of a buyer pool from what I've seen. Then combine the smaller initial pool of 7 string buyers with different body shapes and it's even further fragmented.
     
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    If you play a 7, you may whine about upper fret access. Singlecuts are suddenly a bad idea.

    Offsets should be more plentiful but there's probably stigma in the metal scene.
     
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    People buy S types, the tele types generally sit on the shelf.


    7s in the bigger picture are still kinda new, only in the last few years have brands made a conscious effort to understand a bit more, you see new shapes come out but like Max said, people still have to go out and buy them.


    No point releasing a jazz 7 if you’re still gonna make a killing in RGs or Hellraisers


    If you do want a jazz 7 Schecter make on in Japan though FYI
     
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    You often want an extended scale. Single cut extended scale guitars, IMO, suck.
     
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    Very valid points.
     
  8. budda

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    If they sold when they do make them, they would make more.

    The agile Texan 7 didn't sell well either iirc.
     
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    Tele 7s are fugly
     
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    Blame Schecter. They flooded the 7-string market with decent quality/affordable super Strats. The competition sees this and figures, rightly or wrongly, that it must be the shape that's generating Schecter's sales, and not their generally good QC/extended scale offerings. I'm looking at you BC Rich. ;)
     
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    It's one of the most common shapes so it's going to see a similar distribution in the market. Additionally, it typically balances very well so one can be fairly thoughtless about the size of the neck (wider/longer) before worrying about neck dive which may not be true of other shapes.
     
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    They make teles.
    There are a few out right now.
    But then no one buys them.

    I don’t even remember the last time I saw a fr7 across all the Facebook groups I follow
     
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    Isn't there a Steph carpenter singlecut 7?
     
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    People make what sells and S-style guitars are what sell.
     
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    Umm... no.

    I think the number of S 7 strings in all of Ibanez history could probably be counted on two hands. If anything, the S has been very underrepresented in the 7 string models.
     
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    I'd even kick it back further to Ibanez, with the UVs and the 7620/7420s. That said, the LAST thing this world needs is more guitars designed by BC Rich. :lol:
     
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    I believe they just mean strat/superstrat shapes, not the Sabre
     
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    I wouldn't actually mind getting a BC Rich Bich with a fixed bridge. I would like a 6 string, but more than 6 if appropriately placed won't be a bad thing (yes, that 10 string is not working...)

    I can't understand why they stopped doing the Bich but shit, it's mainly a superstrat guitar with a weird cut-off...

    Superstrat guitars are comfy and so accepted in the guitar world that nobody is going to say "it so ugly I don't want to play it" (like someone could say of a Jazzmaster... ehem... me)
     
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    Those things are fucking hideous, I can count one hand the number of BCRs that don't require being killed with fire ASAP. :lol:
     
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    I love the Bich, Warlock and Stealth models... Ironbird is cool but not my thing. I recognise the Eagle and Mockingbird are "nice" from a classic point of view (I always relate the Mockingbird with Meatloaf and G'n'R) but holy cow... what an incredibly uncomfortable guitar to play with: the cutaway of the mockingbird is just backwards and the "leg rest" is so wide it doesn's top moving while playing seated... its a pain in the ass playint seated or standing... but looks kind of nice.

    But yeah... at least BC Rich is no Minarik... LOL
     

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