How fast can you make the switch?
well, the 7 *is my baby now, and i'm a big endorser of the seven-string concept, but whenever i pick up my strat, i feel like i know everything about it, and its babyfood compared to my 7. occasionally when i'm working out complex chords or lines that i've written or i'm reading about, i pick up my 6 to see how it works, and later i'll pick up my 7 to try new things with it... but that's pretty rare, i'm basically an exclusive 7 player. a 6 feels kinda puny to me, but it feels "easier," i feel like i know every spot on it like the back of my hand, while the 7 is a bit more complex.
so answer is, the 7 is my exclusive instrument, but i'm not uncomfortable with someone handing me a 6 because i know that i know the 6 really well, like something i've "graduated" from (not even close to really mastering it at all though!) so if i was in a jam and some guy handed me a strat, i'd feel at home... although i'd be burning to run home and grab my prized 7.
wow, that was one hell of long-winded explanation :biggrin: