I have been experimenting with a 7 string for the past year and I am very interested in acquiring an 8 string guitar. Since I am not absolutely sure about how I will take to playing an 8 string I do not want to go with a custom build. Rather I am looking for a production guitar at a price point around $1500 and hopefully closer to $1200. Apart from the tone, which only I can really judge, my highest priority is to get something with good quality finish, fretwork, solid hardware and can be set up well. It does not need to have fancy cosmetics or sophisticated electronics. Since I am likely to swap out the pickups at some later time it does not have to have the high end pickups to start with. If am am spending money on pickups, I would rather choose my own. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.