Re: NGD: Universe and pics of my others PIC HEAVY
If only the K7 didn't have that stupid inlay, it's really a gorgeous guitar otherwise. It'd almost be worth buying one and having the board replaced.
On the cheap, Ibanez does make good 7s - the 7620s and 1527s are your best bet if you can find one used. Other than that, Schecter has pretty consistently impressed me (their fretwork is usually excellent), and I'm curious to try the new PRS SE 7. I have a Singlecut SE that's really great for the money, so if a PRS sort of tone is up your ally that's a good bet.