Best 7-string guitars under $500

Here are 5 of the best 7-string guitars you can get your hands on for less than $500. This is for beginners interested in 7-string guitars as well as the enthusiasts who are strapped for cash. Check them out! You won’t be disappointed.

Can’t be bothered reading the whole list?

Well, for those on a super tight budget you can’t go wrong with the Jackson JS22-7 Dinky. It is a phenomenal price for a 7-string guitar and you can sell it on for damn near as much as you bought it for.

For those with a bit of extra cash its got to be the Ibanez RG7421. Like I said in my article on 8 string guitars on a budget, I’m a sucker for Ibanez.

Jackson JS22-7 Dinky

Jackson JS22-7 Dinky

The Jackson JS22-7 Dinky is all you could ask for in a starter 7-string guitar, coming in at the cheapest guitar on the list. With a 26.5” scale on the fretboard beefing up the capabilities for drop down tuning and double humbucking pickups for next to nothing, you are definitely getting a lot for your money.

A few people have reported minor fret buzz in the past so it is not a guitar for the serious player though that should be evident from the price tag.

If you are looking for something to test the water within the world of 7-strings this is definitely a good place to start. Unlike the other guitars, it is not really worth changing out the pickups of the Jackson Dinky, you’d be better off paying and getting a better guitar.

If you like to start really loving the 7-strings and want to up your game to something else you could always sell the guitar on again and easily get $150 dollars if it’s in good condition and put that towards something more top end. The double bonus is that you will have had a 7-string guitar and only lost $50.

There have also been complaints of the guitar going out of tune too quickly but I have a suspicion this is technique rather than the guitar. The Dinky comes with jumbo frets, quite uncommon to its price range, and with jumbo frets your left-hand needs a much lighter touch. If you press the frets down to hard they get stretched more than normal so go out of tune much, much quicker.

From a strict vanity point of view, I think this guitar rocks. I love the headstock design and the satin black finish gives it such a sleek professional look.Click here to check out the price and read some other reviews!

Ibanez RG7421

Ibanez RG7421PB

A lot of people have very strong feelings about Ibanez guitars. Some people swear by them but then others just simply refuse to be associated with them. It could be because they are mass produced but I thank them for that as they were the first people to mass produce the 7-string guitar as well as the 8-string guitar making them accessible to everyone!

But I digress. The Ibanez RG7421 is another strong contender for the best budget 7-string guitar. The Quantum pickups that come as standard are a solid foundation for anyone messing around or doing some bass experimenting with the 7-string. As usual, if you are wanting to really push it you will need to change up the pickups with something more heavy duty. So this may be a bit more than you might be willing to spend to have a mess around at home on the guitar.

The scale length is 25.5” so it needs a heavier gauge if you’re going to tune down at all. For standard playing the shorter scale allows you to dance around the fretboard with ease. So it would be great for soloing and running around the fretboard but for the down-tuned chug, it might come out a little lackluster.

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Schecter Omen 7

Schecter Omen-7

The Schecter Omen 7 Is a fantastic place to start when diving into the world of seven string guitars. It comes in as the most expensive guitar on the list but is still a steal for the quality guitar you are getting.  It’s built to have a “Thin C” neck profile which makes the fretboard easy to maneuver.  With a longer Scale length of 26.5” means that the Omen holds it’s string tension very well if down tuned. And who doesn’t want to put the 7th string down to A and chug?

The Omen-7 comes standard with Schecter Diamond Plus pickups. Now for a guitar for under $500 dollars you are never going to get the best pickups. Money has to be saved somewhere and the pickups can always be upgraded later. The Diamond Plus’s themselves aren’t the best when it comes to clean tone but for the high gain distorted buzz of Djent for instance, they will certainly do the trick.

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B.C. Rich Villain Escape 7

B.C Rich VIllain Escape 7-string

Although it doesn’t look like your usual B.C. Rich guitar, given it bears no resemblance to a pitch fork, B.C Rich have screamed into the world of 7 strings providing the metal guitarists dream guitar.

With a 25.5″ scale length it will struggle a little with tuning down but this is nothing that can’t be solved with a thicker gauge of string.

Fortunately the B.C. Rich Humbucking pickups are awesome! Great tone, just a little muddy but that can be solved easily enough with the amps EQ.YOU can turn the amp up and really let rip on this guitar with great bass notes off that seventh string and signing solos on the higher end of the top strings.

This is the perfect guitar for any metal player or any player looking for a bit of an adventure into the world of 7-string guitars.Click here to check out the price and read some other reviews!

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