turn a 7 into a strat? *please help!
Thank you all for your replies.
GZeus, it's not so much that I want a different guitar, I just want options on an Ibanez 7 that Ibanez don't provide (a 1 piece maple neck with a thicker radius and reversed headstock, and a Fender Stratocaster style tremolo system instead of their LowPro Edge system). *Ibanez 7s are well made but their customization options are very limited, they pretty much make them all the same and the variations on them are very minor, maybe a different colour or different shape on the trem bar. *I wanted an Ibanez 7 string that's built like an older Strat (sort of like Andy Timmins' Ibanez but with the extra string). *
The Wizard necks are rather thin, but Ibanez doesn't sell necks with bigger radii, they don't even sell replacement necks; and nobody else makes Ibanez style necks. *And, in order to have a Strat style tremolo system put in, I'd have to route out the wood myself and buy the hardware but I'm not sure if
1. I can find a Strat style tailpiece with room for all 7 string saddles, or
2. a Strat style tremolo is really a good idea with the extra pressure a 7th string puts on the guitar and the all access neck joint. *Would the extra springs I'd have to put in make the trem unusable or the tuning unstable? *
The mods I'd want are deeper than simply bending a trem bar into a U shape or painting the body silver. *My mods are complete overhauls and it may not be worth it to change a guitar so radically. *That's why I asked you all for advice.
Thank you Jono for the custom idea and the link to UniversalJems. *Brian Calvert does amazing work and I like the mods he does. *A friend knows a guy who hotrods Marshalls named Tom Wojeck and told me he's into building guitars now. *I'll speak to Tom next month when he's free about building a custom guitar. *
Thank you Skaught and Two hands for your comments. *If the custom guitar work I want is too expensive or impractical, then I think an RG7421 or RG7621 is more to my speed than a 7620/7420. *I'll also look at the Squier Stagemasters which I admit I never really considered before. *
(Edited by 7dayadvantage at 3:08 pm on May 31, 2001)