Schecter Keith Merrow KM-7 - Trans Black Satin

7-string Solidbody Electric Guitar with Swamp Ash Body, Flame Maple Top, 3-pc Maple Neck, Ebony Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Black Burst Satin
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Made for Aggressive Tone and Fluid Playability

As soon as we got our hands on the Schecter Keith Merrow KM-7 7-string electric guitar, Sweetwater guitarists could see it's primed for aggressive guitarists that prefer a fast, fluid feel. Your fretting hand will fly on this ultra-thin C neck with a compound radius ebony fretboard that lets you easily balance rhythm and lead playing. And with a pair of Seymour Duncan pickups specifically voiced for monster seven-string tone, you've got an epic metal machine in your hands with the Schecter Keith Merrow KM-7 signature guitar.

Schecter Keith Merrow KM-7 Signature 7-string Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Designed for fast, flexible playability by Keith Merrow himself
  • Epic modern metal tone from dual Seymour Duncan pickups
  • Countless shredders demand a compound-radius fretboard
Designed for fast, flexible playability by Keith Merrow himself

Guitarist Keith Merrow has made a reputation for seamlessly melding monstrous rhythms with soaring leads, and he designed the KM-7 guitar with Schecter to give him the eminent playability he needs. You'll be able to set your own speed limit with this axe, thanks to its fast ultra-thin C neck profile and compound-radius fretboard.

Epic modern metal tone from dual Seymour Duncan pickups

Specifically voiced for 7-string guitars, the Seymour Duncan Sentient and Nazgul humbuckers on the Keith Merrow KM-7 are primed for high-octane tone. The Sentient in the neck position gives you harmonically-rich distorted tones, but cleans up nice and sweet, too. The Nazgul at the bridge gives new meaning to the term high output, ready to turn your favorite amplifier into a face-melting furnace.

Countless shredders demand a compound-radius fretboard

The Keith Merrow KM-7 features a 12"-16" compound radius fretboard for ultimate playability. The fingerboard is rounder near the nut for easy chord-grabbing and rhythm playing. As your playing heats up and moves up the fretboard, the radius flattens out for easier runs and big string bends. With a neck that plays this slick, you'll be up at the highest frets before you know it.

Schecter Keith Merrow KM-7 Signature 7-string Electric Guitar Features:
  • Made-for-metal 7-string guitar, developed in collaboration with Keith Merrow
  • Sweet looks and a smooth feel from the arched flame maple top
  • Plays fast and smooth with an ultra-thin C neck profile and compound-radius fretboard
  • 3-piece maple neck is stronger and more rigid than 1-piece necks
  • High-output, aggressive tone from Seymour Duncan Sentient and Nazgul humbuckers
You'll command the stage with the Schecter Keith Merrow KM-7!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape C
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 7
Body Material Swamp Ash
Top Material Flame maple
Body Finish Satin
Color Black Burst
Neck Material 3-Piece Maple, Set-Neck
Neck Shape Ultra Thin C
Fingerboard Material Ebony, 12-16" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Offset/Reverse Dots
Number of Frets 24, X-Jumbo
Scale Length 26.5"
Nut Width 1.889"
Bridge/Tailpiece Hipshot Hardtail with String Thru Body
Tuners Schecter Locking
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Seymour Duncan Sentient Humbucker
Bridge Pickup Seymour Duncan Nazgul Humbucker
Controls 1 x Volume (Push-Pull), 3-Way Switch
Strings Ernie Ball, 7-String (.009-.062)
Manufacturer Part Number 237

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Simply incredible

Let me start by saying I'm not particularly a fan of Keith Merrow. I don't dislike him, I just mean I didn't buy this guitar because I was a fanboy. I bought this guitar because it has Seymour Duncan Nazgûl / Sentient pickups stock, a push-pull pot for cool-splitting, locking tuners, a Graphtech XL Black Tusq (which self-lubricates), hipshot bridge, glowing side dots, a set-neck with a beautifully sculpted heel (no blocky neck joint) and stainless frets for just over a grand. What else could you possibly ask for feature-wise? Like all Schecter guitars I've played in the last 6-7 years, this one is beautiful and you can immediately feel how high the build quality is from sitting with it for a few minutes. I was using a Schecter C-8 Blackjack SLS and for the progressive technical death metal band I play in and the 28" scale puts too much strain on my hands and wrists (plus we play 7's, so my 8 was unnecessary) which is why I opted to get this Schecter KM-7. The neck is very thin, but still very solid feeling and slick. Stainless frets feel nice and the 26.5" scale is a happy medium between having higher tension for the low strings / tunings (A Standard in my case) but still pliable enough to shred and bend on the high strings. Plus with the scale being 1.5" shorter than I'm used to I don't have to fret as hard as the tension is lower. The pickups are excellent as to be expected from SD. The Sentient sings for leads and with the coil tap engaged produces bell-like, chimey cleans. The Nazgûl is very tight and aggressive, yet articulate. Only slightly lower output than the Blackouts in my 8. The hardware is great. Push-pull pot feels solid as does the hipshot bridge. The locking tuners are incredible and if my 8 is any show they'll stay in great shape for years to come. Stabalises the tuning expertly. Graphtech XL Black Tusq but is amazing and self-lubricating so you'll never need to worry about it. The finish needs to be seen in person to be fully appreciated. I'm fairly certain the flamed maple is a laminate but it looks good and sounds great, so I don't care. The swamp ash is significantly lighter than the mahogany I'm used to but has the same thick, full resonance. Even acoustically you can feel it. My back is also thankful as it's a difference of 4 lbs. between this and my 8. My only two complaints are minor and very easily fixed. The first of which is the mounting screws for the neck pickup were so loose on its arrival that when I played it before I noticed, the pickup was leaning forward and the strings were bouncing off the pickup because it leaned forward on an angle. Quick fix, just screwed them down a bit. My second issue is more of a preference thing. The Nazgûl is an excellent bridge pickup, but it's voiced to be extremely mid-y which can make the guitar sound a little "honky" depending on how you EQ your amp. I run an '05 Mesa Triple Rectifier Solo Head 150w with 6L6's in the power section and it sounded kind of "honky" until I rolled the mids down a bit and compensated with a bit of bass and presence. Again, not a big deal, more of a "'thing to know before buying a guitar with this bridge pickup in it". All things considered if you want a solid, well-made instrument with excellent build quality and a crazy amount of features and that comes with name-brand, high-end hardware stock for a grand, look no further.

Schecter has really stepped it up!!!

I'm an ibanez gey, I own 8 ibanez guitars, and I went on a whim and decided to try the km-7 over the ibanez rgd 7. Main reasons were the km7 has seymore Duncan pups , locking tuners, set neck, and coil tap. (Rgd doesn't have any of those) plus the glow in the dark side inlays, and ebony fret board. The rgd was 500 more than the km7, and I luv ibanez prestige necks and the km7 neck is as thin as the prestiges. I was shocked!! This guitar has blown my mind!!! I'm shocked by how great it sounds, looks, feels, and plays!! I never liked schecter guitars, now I've had a change of heart. I'm so impressed with this, that I'm buying another schecter in a couple days!! My only complaint is the location of the toggle, I wish it was more center on the body, but I'm getting used to it. I highly recommend this guitar, I wanted the white one but sweetwater didn't habe em, so I got the black, and I luv it!! This guitar is sick!
Music background: Singer, lead guitar all round musician, from waiting for never and tear from grace

KM-7Trans Black Satin

Got it in 2 days just like Sweetwater said...Thanks for that...Been playing guitar for forty years,this guitar plays Awesome..Perfect for playing Fast..Love the Tone..I have never bought a guitar online before always what to feel it, taste it, play it..Would love to have another in white...
Music background: Played for 40 years ,,Love everything ..but Metal is it


I just received this guitar from sweetwater and all I can say is WOW!!!!! Pictures do not do this guitar justice! It is beyond amazing!!! The guitar was in perfect tune when I took it out of the box!! Set up perfectly!! My sales guy Ryan Murphy always comes through! Highly recommend this guitar!!! I play metal music and this is absolutely perfect!!
Music background: Pro Musician

After further review

I was blown away at first but after playing it for awhile....not so much. My pickup switch does not work properly and the low b string will not stay in tune. Visually the guitar is stunning! The extra jumbo frets are a little too much though.
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