if theres anyone still wondering to get this guitar, heres my take on it.
now this is my first 7 string guitar, and i have to admit i was quite skeptical;
i was thinking that it was going to be a completely different instrument with
a different learning curve etc... also the thought of my hand not being able
to stretch out or feel comfortable holding a wider neck was always a concern
anyways, i have nothing to worry about... this thing, maybe i was lucky, feels right... you guys know that feeling to. when you guys pick up a guitar and it plays and feels 'right'. now some guys throw that term around to loosely like some skanky girl who keeps getting new boyfriends saying, "we just click" ~ with that analogy, i am not a slut. i am really conversative, and this guitar is like a chick you want around. fuck, i am even thinking of which 6 string guitars to sell now... i know i am getting way ahead of myself, but i can LITERALLY do things on this 7 string, that i can do with ease on a 6; but that applies to all 7 strings.
neck: really smooth... seriously. the neck feels really thin when compared to a 6 string. obviously, it is wider because of an extra string, but i can easily navigate myself around the fretboard, WITHIN THE FIRST FUCKING 30 MINUTES OF PLAYING IT! is that a norm for when changing from 6 to 7? i don't know, but i was very happy with that. ~ and no, i do not have michael jordan hands.
pickups: meh... i dont think they're great, but i dont think they're good... typical pickups you find in a prestige model.
bridge: it stays in tune from whammy bar abuse, but you cant flutter with it,
at all! which i hate(you can if you remove the extra spring control) ~ pulling up on the bar does not sound very fluid as well. it sounds cheap. i always loved the original floyd rose and i always will and if it werent for this fucking routed body specifically suited for this bridge, i would have loaded in a 7 o. floyd rose. aside from that, it does making it easier to tune... i also heard it stays in tune if you were to break a string. haven't experienced that yet, but... sounds nifty
summary: i like this guitar. i am really happy with it and this is coming from a guy who hates ibanez. the neck is straight and smooth. and the feel of it and access to higher frets is just superb. i mean, the guy who crafted this had the JP sig in mind, but also routing out some extra wood to get you an extra grip/hold on certain positions was taken into consideration as well. aside from the pickups and shit bridge(yes, i am somewhat biased), this is a brilliant guitar! 9/10~
will be loaded with seymour duncan sh4 and sh1 later on
will have pics later!
I've never been happier with a guitar than I have with my RGD.