Hi Folks, Relatively straight forward noob question I think. I’m looking at making the jump into the 7 string domain. I’ve found a few relevant threads but nothing that is entirely on point. I’ve been playing for over 20 years, including gigging for a while many moons ago. I know my gear pretty well. I’ve owed lots of guitars and currently have 9 – all 6 strings – and have a pretty solid idea of what I like in a guitar at this point. It’s fair to say that I’ve been pretty timid on the down tuning front and have tended not to venture below dropped D; though I recently took one of my guitars and set it up for C standard (on a 25.5 scale) with some pretty heavy strings (12-56 with a wound G string because it wouldn’t work with a plain one). In short: I’ve been digging it quite a bit and think it’s time to make the jump to seven. As I’m testing the water here, I’m not looking to throw a ton of money at this; but I do want a reasonably good guitar. Could go up to $1,000, and the used market seems the way to go. Having done a bit of research the Schecter KM7 looks like a really good option and checks all the boxes that I like (hard tail, ebony board, stainless frets, locking tuners etc.) . With that said, though I was initially fine with the idea of a 26.5 scale, once I took a look on reverb.com, I couldn’t help but notice that there is an unusually large amount of KM7s on there. This got me a little paranoid and thinking that these must all be people who tried the 7 string thing, got themselves a KM7, and promptly gave up on it. I’ve seen a bunch of reviews and owned a couple of guitars out of World Instruments and don’t think it’s a crap quality guitar (by all means correct me if I’m wrong). So here’s the thing: is this a bargain and should I jump on the opportunity to get a used KM7 at a good price ($800 buck or so), or should I play it safe and get a 25.5 scale (probably an Ibanez – suggestions welcome)? I’m not looking to go nuts on dropped tunings so maybe I don’t even need a 26.5 scale. I probably wouldn’t go further than dropped A and am in fact more interested in a B standard tuning set up: B-E-A-D-Gb-B-(E). TLDR, are people new to 7 strings buying and then dropping the KM7s because they can’t come to grips with the 26.5 scale and should I get a 25.5 Ibby instead? Appreciate your thoughts, cheers!