I went to a guitar store on the way back from work today and I asked one of the dudes working there if I could try out the new RGA7. He said "okay" and asked me what amp I wanted to play it on. I just said, "I dunno. Something high gain." Of course, for some bizarre reason, he interpreted this as "Marshall" - which is not what I think of when I think "high gain." And this is a pretty common thing too. It's almost like all the guitarists working at guitar stores never even use gain. So, the dude tunes the guitar and I get on it and he's only half-assedly tuned the strings, so I spend the next couple minutes retuning his fuck-up. And on the crunch channel, even with the gain turned up as high as it goes, it's still barely even "low gain." So, I'm done with that guitar and he says, "Wasn't there another guitar you wanted to try?" And I said, "Yeah, the RGD 7 over there" and he does the same thing. So I didn't even bother trying to fix the tuning and I just unplugged the guitar and put the price tag stuff back on it for him to get back with a kinda surprised look on his face.
This happens quite often when I go to guitar shops, but I can't even tell whether the RGA7 or RGD7 were good guitars or not because of tuning bullshit and no understanding of what the term "high gain" means. And, no, the cleans didn't sound that good either. I know this isn't an overall problem with Marshalls, because I use Marshalls at practice a lot and I get great cleans and crazy violent psychotic gain.
I can say, however, that the RGA7 had a very very nice fretboard with wonderful action and nice playability. As for sound, I'd have to have it perfectly in tune and played through a decent amp to even guess what it sounds like.
There must be some unwritten rule that you have to be completely incompetent to work at a music store. The manager for the band I'm in went to buy bass amp yesterday, and came back with line6 spider 3 guitar amp. It wasn't her fault, she doesn't have a clue about gear; it was the guy at the store that sold her the guitar amp instead of a bass amp.