Schecter Keith Merrow KM-7 MK-III Artist 7 String Electric Guitar
Signature instruments tend to have specifications that are niche and unique to the person it's named after. The Schecter Keith Merrow KM-7 MK-III Artist is a signature guitar that's filled with top-tier specifications while still appealing to a broad (but still metal-oriented) audience.
- Body: Swamp Ash with Poplar Burl Veneer top
- Finish: Trans Black Burst, Blue Crimson
- Bridge: Hipshot 7-string with String-thru-body
- Pickups: Fishman Fluence Keith Merrow Custom Humbucker (Neck and Bridge)
- Neck: 9-piece Wenge/Maple/Purpleheart, Custom KM neck profile
- Scale Length: 26.5"
- Fingerboard: Ebony
- Fingerboard Radius: 12"-16" compound ”
- Frets: 24 Jumbo
- Nut Width: 1.889" Ernie Ball Compensated Nut”
- Controls: 1 x master volume, 3-way mini-switch (pickup voice selection)
- Pickup Selector: 3-way toggle pickup switch
The guitar was made for metal and users who purchased the guitar for that purpose weren't disappointed with the aesthetic, feel and tone of the guitar. The neck profile isn't as thin as other brands but is profiled to fit the hand very comfortably while having enough mass for added sustain. Don't let it put you off when you read that it's "thicker". It -feels- thin for many users. The guitar was surprisingly light as noted by some users; one of whom said that his guitar was just over 7lbs! This is a plus for guitar players who tend to move around on stage a lot or just want something that won't leave welts on their thighs while playing at home. The Fishman Keith Merrow signature pickup set also received a lot of praise for its brutal but clear tone.
The guitar is also available in a left-handed version which is rare for even regular guitars.
Some quality control issues were reported on earlier runs. Some turned out to be shipping and handling flaws. To avoid any mishaps, we recommend purchasing from a reputable seller.
The Keith Merrow KM-7 MK-III Artist is a signature guitar that doesn't feel like it's made for one person. A lot of people noted that the guitar simply looks, feels and sounds great for metal and if you're looking for a great metal axe at this price point, the KM-7 MK-III Artist is an good pick. It's also a great pick for left-handed players!
NB: There are more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best 7 String Guitars.