EDIT 6/28: I WENT AHEAD AND BOUGHT THE TELE, SO IF YOU WANT TO READ/POST/VOTE, KNOW THAT GOING IN
I have an opportunity to expand my guitar collection by one. My budget here is about $450. I'm torn on which I should go. Main function of the new instrument is to give me a new tone toy. Eventually I want them all but I can't do it all at once, so which one first?
Option one: a 7 string Ibanez that I would basically use as a baritone. I would upgrade to some Duncans.
Option two: Fender Modern Player Thinline Tele. I'd most likely rip off the pickguard and P90s and put in Antiquities humbuckers. With the semi-hollow mahogany? Awesome!
Option three: Least likely, but its in budget. Schecter 8 string. For the same $$$, why not go 8 instead of 7? Go for Blackouts on this one.
Cast your votes... And feel free to ask if i'm crazy.