The body is a two-piece alder RG7 with a flamed maple top, green finish and natural binding. It has a sort of failed black burst, but I like the resulting effect Adam got.
The differences between this and a normal RG are the control layout, the Jem-style input and the lower horn sculpt.
The control layout is based on the Ibanez John Petrucci series guitars, with a three-way toggle in place of a five-way selector. I am loving this control layout, even though I've not used it wired up. They controls never get in the way, and switching p-ups will be a doddle.
The lower horn sculpt is based on the Rusty Cooley mod. The back edge of the lower horn is sculpted in, meaning no more spiking your hand when you leap up the fretboard to do diminished runs or widely-spaced licks. Yay!
A couple of things to note about this guitar, which hopefully you can see in these pictures:
Firstly, the body is slightly smaller than a regular RG7. I've compared it to my 2027 and a 7620 body I have, and Greg Pope agreed when he came around, so it's definitely a little smaller. I'm not sure if it's modelled on an RG6 or something. Either way, I think it's totally fucking badass. It makes the headstock look bigger and the neck look thicker (like RG7s used to look to me), which makes me look cooler. It also must contribute to the very light weight of this guitar, which is again an absolute God-send; I suffer with back problems, so standing with this instead of a mahogany full-sized guitar will be a lot better for me.
Secondly, the binding and finish on this thing are stunningly good. The clear is nice and thick and really shiny. Buffed brilliantly. The binding just looks so cleanly done and really makes the difference between a nice guitar and a very nice one. Couldn't have wished for a better result on the binding - which also helps make the on-display alder body sides look great. Looks almost like something I want to eat.
On my to do list for this guitar are:
- Buy/get some springs to go under the pick-ups (I may even have some, but everything's still packed away)
- Buy an input for it (thought I had one, realised I sold it with a body)
- Mount the pick-ups properly
- Wire it up
- Do a set-up
But my initial impression is I'm really pleased. It's easily the prettiest guitar I own. I also have a Jaden Rose custom (not pictured) which is very pretty, but this is my kind of finish; the JR and 2027 are very plain in comparison).
Well enough words. On with the crude snaps.