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Schecter Keith Merrow KM7 MKIII Electric Guitar, 7-String

Schecter Keith Merrow KM7 MKIII Electric Guitar, 7-String

The Schecter KM7's swamp ash body and carbon fiber-reinforced 9-ply 26.5" scale thru-neck combine to deliver clear, resonant tone and a fast, smooth feel.

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Submitted March 22, 2019 by Jacob N in Portland, OR
"Perfect except for only one thing"
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This guitar is perfect in every way except where the upper strap button is located. It's located on the inside of the top horn and unfortunately allows the guitar to be head stock heavy while wearing it with a strap and while standing. The Fishman pickups sound just phenomenal. With as many as 9 different sound configurations. These pickups designed with the help of Keith Merrow, will really help shape your sound just the way you want it.. Versatile and professional sound. The body is really sharp, sleek and looks awesome. The neck is quite thin and allows for super fast runs and a silky smooth feel. The tuners are great as well. Right out of the box it was setup just the way i like my guitars to be. Overall I would buy another one. Just that strap button is not a good design in my opinion.
Sound
Very good sound quality. Responds very well for my playing styles. Very compatible with my style of music.
Features
The most useful feature in my experience is the way the guitar plays. The feel of it matched with the fishman pickups is really outstanding. The least useful feature by far would be the strap button located on the inside of the top horn. It's simply a poor design in my experience. Allowing the guitar to feel unbalanced/uncomfortable when using while standing.
Ease of Use
Very easy to get great sounds from this model. Very playable and easy to use. A learning curve may not pertain to this instrument unless unfamiliar with a more advanced guitar model.
Quality
It seems to be made quite well. Seems reliable at least at the moment in the studio. Holds tuning well. I'm tuning to drop G# and i didn't even have to adjust the intonation. Seems like it could last 20-30+ years or longer if treated and cared for properly. As with any instrument.
Value
Yes I believe it is. The price point for this model, and for the craftsmanship are indeed comparable.
Manufacturer Support
I did reach out the Schecter custom shop in an attempt to possibly get the strap button reattached in the "proper" location. I left a message and Matthew D called me back about 20 minutes or so later. He was very friendly but unfortunately Schecter wasn't able to honor my request.
The Wow Factor
I have one each from the Schecter Keith Merrow line. The first one was really nice. The second one was a bit better.. But this one minus the aforementioned is really a cut above in terms of overall craftsmanship, pickups, playability and just all around look/feel of this model. It's the best guitar i have ever played! I would love to be a Schecter artist at some point in my future!
Musical Background:
Been playing for over 30 years. I play guitar, bass and drums. I do play professionally and at home.
Musical Style:
I play mostly metal. A touch of classical and some songs with a mellower vibe.
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Submitted March 19, 2019 by William R in Fayetteville, AR
"Fantastic guitar"
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Sound: Lead/Rhythm tones for rock/metal are well balanced. Cleans have a little sparkle with a lot of clarity. Switching between voicings is subtle between options 1 and 2 on the pickups. Option 3 for single coil mode is very nice.Quality: Other than a couple of very slight over bleed spots on the finish the guitar is flawless. The crimson blue finish is well done. The blue burst is evenly sprayed, and the book matching on the top is even and clean. Fretwork is as good as any guitar I've ever bought new. The setup/action is acceptable, but a little high for my tastes. Comments:The neck is very very thin, and will take a while to get used to. I was a little leary of getting this after reading of some QA issues last year with this specific model, but the one I got is almost flawless. Highly recommended.
Musical Background:
38 years guitar.
Musical Style:
Rock, Metal, Neoclassical.
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Submitted September 19, 2018 by Jason F in Royersford, PA
"Awesome guitar!"
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This guitar is awesome. It is so good it made me realize flaws with my other guitars lol. The Fishman pickups sound amazing playing anything from metal to clean tones. If you are on the fence because of the price, do it. You won't be sorry. It's worth every penny to me.
Musical Background:
Play at home
Musical Style:
Rock and metal
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Submitted December 27, 2018 by Jody R in Sanborn, NY
"It's a good guitar"
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First off, I think this guitar is a bit out of it's price league for what it is, and especially not coming with a case of any kind. Also, the recommended case will NOT fit this guitar, and would likely break it. I do not know why the manufacturer recommends this case for all guitars they don't actually have a case to fit, but it would save us all some trouble it they would just say "we don't make one". This guitar seems well constructed and the one I received seems to have decent fretwork. I have not really pushed the action to super-shred levels, but at comfortable levels, it plays and sounds quite nice right out of the box. I am not a huge fan of the 3-voice pickups and, in my opinion, they are gimmicky. I mean, this is a metal guitar; Why not just fit it with a good metal sounding pickup? They don't sound terrible; But there are better sounding options out there. Overall I like the guitar. It has a great look. It is very comfortable to play (and I'm not even a 7-string player), and can produce good sounds. If you are into the look, into the KM Pickups, and don't mind paying the premium, I would recommend it.
Musical Background:
Still learning guitar after 25 years
Musical Style:
Metal, Prog, Rock, all kinds of weird stuff.
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