Setting aside the cosmetics for a moment, this guitar is the latest in a series of events that has convinced me that the 7-string market has shunk below the level of viability.
An educated guess tells me that the original list price for this guitar was around $2400. The seller couldn't give it away. Obviously, there are ltos of reasons for that, not the least of which is Schecter having firmly positioned itself as a lower end builder with their Korean guitars. But still, there are plenty of people out there who know the spectacular quality that comes out of their US Custom shop. I've seen a succession of outstanding jazz 7-strings on [email protected]
lately and they've been going for much less than they once did, if they go at all.
As a builder, my experience is about the same. I now have a line up for my 6-string version and almost no interest at all in my 7-strings. Yes, I know they're expensive, but so are the six strings and that's not stopping anyone. I'm in a position now where the effort to build 6-strings is constant and 7-strings will only be built on-order. It's ironic given that the 7-string was my entire reason for starting this venture, but reality is reality and the demand for a high end 7 string is just way too limited to be a big part of what I'm doing as a builder.
With the emergence of the baritone, I feel like the the 7-string has been undercut with it's largest market, those who simply want to go lower. Most builders have either eliminated or cut way back on their 7 string efforts and the niche is getting smaller instead of bigger.