Keith Merrow KM-7; seen here in Lambo Orange, is an incredible 7-string guitar inspired by the incredible performances of guitar virtuoso Keith Merrow.
Keith Merrow Signature 7 String Guitar
The name Keith Merrow is synonymous with technical death metal; a musical sub-genre with high demands on the guitar player. Now, Schecter have built a guitar that can satisfy the high standards and meet the requirements of this virtuosic player.
Built to High Requirements
Keith Merrow’s virtuosic style of playing guitar as evidenced in supergroup collaborations such as Alluvial and Conquering Dystopia demands an extremely high level of skill but certain heights can only be reached when using the right instrument.
This is where Schecter comes in with an incredible Keith Merrow signature guitar; the Keith Merrow KM-7.
Ease of playing and master level guitar skills have been the focus behind Schecter’s design philosophy with this guitar.
When crafting the body, Schecter chose Swamp Ash for wood due to its incredibly light weight. This enhances your comfort while playing, allowing you to focus on your performance.
Set-neck construction of the KM-7 has seen Schecter’s special Ultra Access treatment; a deep pocket insertion of the neck providing incredible reach of the higher frets. A small, slim heel with an extremely smooth finish improves playability even further.
The body itself has a deep, double horn design which further enhances the reach of the upper frets making it easier to go from the first fret all the way up until you reach the very final 24th fret. For further playability, the frets are X-Jumbo sized.
Stainless steel frets provide a significantly improved, and smoother playing experience and compared to regular frets they’re nigh on indestructible – no matter how hard you play it’ll be a long, long time before you begin to see any wear in these frets.
The ultra thin ‘C’ shape of the neck makes it extremely comfortable and even easier to play. The neck also benefits from a compound radius allowing you to get great low-action bends without fretting out while 1-ply carbon fibre is used for the binding.
Carbon fibre reinforcement rods run the length of the neck to give you the most stable, secure guitar build possible.
As you can tell, the Schecter KM-7 has been designed from the very start to allow for the highest levels of guitar playing.
Seymour Duncan Pickups
Of course, when designing the KM-7, Schecter had to carefully select the electronics used in order to produce the incredible and unique sounds that Keith Merrow needs to produce is otherworldly music.
In the bridge position, the Keith Merrow KM-7 is equipped with a Seymour Duncan Nazgul humbucker pickup. Designed specifically for use with 8 and 7 string guitars, the Nazgul pickup combines a large ceramic magnet with custom winding specs.
Designed to perform great with low tunings under high gain, the Nazgul can produce fantastic note articulation, with clear highs, beefy lows and a brutal chug. Awesome harmonic content and extremely tight bass response – the Seymour Duncan Nazgul is hand built in California and has prog-metal built into its very heart.
In the neck position, the Keith Merrow KM-7 is equipped with a Seymour Duncan Sentient humbucker pickup.
Whether you’re playing clean or through an incredibly high gain channel, the Seymour Duncan Sentient offers incredible articulation as demanded by high level modern metal guitarists.
Pristine cleans are present, allowing for intricate chording and single note runs while fluid leads soar through under high gain.
A vintage style output pickup, the Sentient has great dynamic response and a wide harmonic range and works particularly well for low tunings.
Heavy Duty Hardware
A Hipshot hardtail bridge with string through body design holds your strings perfectly aligned and in intonated, even after extreme bends.
Schecter locking tuners are found at the headstock, allowing for quick and precise tuning that is extremely stable.
You’ll also find at the top of the neck, that Schecter have installed a Graph Tech XL Black TUSQ nut.
TUSQ is a marvellous material that is precision engineered under high heat and pressure to enhance the frequencies that remain in the guitar strings, resulting in fantastic sustain. It is also permanently lubricated so you don’t have to worry about future touch ups.
To finish it off, the guitar has carbon fibre binding around the body to ensure awesome protection which finishes off the heavy metal aesthetic.
An amazing guitar that is custom-built for the highest levels of metal guitar performance.
Schecter Keith Merrow KM-7 Key Features:
- Lambo Orange Finish
- Seymour Duncan Nazgul and Sentient Pickups
- Lightweight Swamp Ash Body
- Ultra Access Neck
- Carbon Reinforced Neck
Schecter Ketih Merrow KM-7 Specs:
- Model Name: Keith Merrow KM-7
- Item Number: 248
- Guitar Colour: Lambo Orange (LOR)
- Dexterity: Right Handed
- Country of Origin: South Korea
- Construction: Set-Neck w/Ultra Access
- Body Material: Swamp Ash
- Top Contour: Arched Top
- Binding: Carbon Fibre 1-ply
- Neck Material: Maple 3-pc w/ Carbon Fibre Reinforcement Rods
- Fretboard Material: Ebony
- Inlays: Orange Offset/Reverse Dots
- Side Dot Markers: Glow In The Dark
- Scale: 26.5” (673mm)
- Frets: 24 X-Jumbo Stainless Steel
- Fretboard Radius: 12”-16” Compound Radius
- Neck Shape: Ultra Thin ‘C’
- Thickness: @ 1st Fret- .748” (19mm)/ @ 12th Fret- .787” (20mm)
- Nut Width: 1.889” (48mm)
- Nut: Graph Tech XL Black Tusq
- Truss Rod: 2-Way Adjustable Rod w/ 5/32” (4mm) Allen Nut
- Bridge Pickup: Seymour Duncan Nazgul
- Neck Pickup: Seymour Duncan Sentient
- Controls: Volume (Push-Pull)/3-Way Switch
- Hardware Colour: Black
- Bridge: Hipshot Hardtail (.125) w/ String Thru Body
- Tuners: Schecter Locking
- Knobs: Metal Knurled w/ Set Screw
- Strings: Ernie Ball 7-String (.009/.011/.016/.026/.036/.046/.062)
|Pickup Config||2 x humbucker|
|Number Of Strings||7 string|
|Right / Left Handed||right handed|
|Guitar Style||stratocaster style|
|Body Size||full size|
|Body Material||ash body|
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