Okay, so it's not exactly new guitar day seeing as I've had this for a few days now, but what the hell! I didn't want to take pics of the whole unboxing thing, so I just took various pictures out of the box which you may see below:
And as far as a brief review so far...this guitar is amazing for the money. I didn't have too much of a problem switching from 6-string to 7-string originally, but switching from 7-string to 8-string is proving a little more difficult, although I'm sure it will be just fine as I spend more time with it. The fretwork on this is actually nicer than the fretwork on my Ibanez RG7421, no dead spots, no high frets, no sharp protruding edges. The neck feels amazing, I am gonna take some steel wool to it just to make it feel a LITTLE smoother, but it's flat with pretty soft corners, think like a 7321 but nicer here. 27" scale I get along with fine, ideally for an F# i'd like around 28 5/8" or 30", but then the high strings would suffer and I like my high strings on a 25.5" scale, so I feel like 27" scale is a nice compromise between the two. Weight seems good, perhaps SLIGHTLY neck heavy, but nothing bad at all. Once the new strings I ordered arrive I'm still gonna give it a complete setup and clean up like I do for all my guitars. I haven't had a chance to really test the pickups through my actual 6505+ rig live in a band setting, but at first impression they don't seem too bad at all. Bridge is super nice, EQ toggle switch is pointless. You can easily get up to the 22nd fret, but you have to work a little to hit the 23rd or 24th fret, which is fine for me since I rarely go up that high anyways.
A couple of pieces of clarification...yes, it will lay in the UV1000C case, NO the case will not shut! I really want to grab a hardshell case for this very soon, hopefully Ibby comes out with one ASAP! Also does anybody know what gauge strings come stock on this thing? The high end is little too tight for my liking, and the F# is WAYYYY too loose! I just ordered a set of La Bella strings 9-12-15-22-30-40-54-72 which I think will work perfect on the 27" scale...my other concern is if I will be able to fit the 72 in the tuner, does anybody know how big of a string will fit in these tuners? If it won't fit I will have to learn how to make the tuning peg hole larger, or learn how to strip the winding from the string to fit it in.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
And as a heads up, don't be surprised if you look like this after playing the guitar...don't say I didn't warn you!
I was wondering just how floppy the Low F# was on those.
IDK what the max gauge string you can use on the stock tuners.. (Biggest i ever used was a .56 on my 7 string)