Just joined the 7-string community
I bought my first 7-string guitar in the form of an Ibanez RG7321 friday from my local music store. I bought the guitar used for $250 and it was definitely a good buy. The guitar couldn't be more than a year old and aside from a lot of minor scratches on the body it's in very good condition. When I first played the guitar at the music store, it was set up horribly. The action was WAY TOO HIGH, the neck was bowing so much you could shoot an arrow with it, and it was just kind of dingy-looking. Yet despite all that, I saw the possibilities of the guitar and was looking for my next guitar anyway.
When I got the guitar home, the first thing I did was to cut off the old rusted strings. Then I went through and slowly cleaned the whole guitar, front and back. The previous owner of the guitar really didn't treat it very well or use it to its full ability because the frets were barely worn and judging from the wear pattern and the tuning it was in when I bought it (AEADGBE) I'm guessing that the previous owner was the type who liked to stick to the 3 low strings. After I finished cleaning it, I noticed that every single tuner was loose. I don't even know how the guitar stayed in tune. I tightened them up and then re-string the guitar. After that, the guitar looked almost brand new.
I tried to adjust the neck and the action myself, but obviously I didn't know what I was doing so I took it back to the shop and had the owner adjust it. He does free work on every guitar he sells and it only took him like 3 minutes to set it up perfectly, just like my other guitar. This guitar makes the transition from 6 to 7 string effortless and it just SCREAMS to be modded. I'm going to doing something to spruce up the exterior of the guitar as well as change the stock pickups to a Dimarzio Blaze Custom and Blaze Neck.
Now if I could only find some 7 string songs to learn....