XMASNGD which means, Christmas New Guitar Day! So what's happening here? Basically, I have played it, made sure it works (for about 2 hours ), and then had to put it back in the case at my parents house and now have another 7/8 weeks until I can play it again
I thought I'd make this though as for anyone in Europe, it works out to a really decently priced singlecut 7 string, and actually plays suprisingly well for the price. It means if you want to treat yourself to a singlecut in time for Christmas, then this is an option!
The guitar is an Emperion Sceptrum 7ST, and as you can tell it appears to be modelled off an ESP Eclipse as much as an LP.
The specs can be found on here, but to sum it up, 25.5" scale, passive pickups, mahogany neck and body, ebony fretboard, 24 frets, and a set neck.
The finish is matte rather than gloss, and it feels really nice. If you've played anything like the LTD Viper 407, it's a lot like that in feel. The neck is quite chunky (in a good way), and it feels solidly put together. The neck joint has a cutaway on it that makes the higher frets easier to play, if you look on the page for them its about the 6th pic along which shows it. It has two volume and 1 tone, and a pickup selector in the standard place for a single cut, which may take a little getting used to for me but I'm sure it wont be too long.
The neck is easy to play, if you can only play Ibanez thin then you'll have issues, but I'd say it's maybe a little thinner than the usual LP affair, thicker than the shredder style.
The guitar is lighter than I expected, but it doesn't feel like it's missing any weight either. I don't know if its because I'm so manly () or if it is just a bit lighter than LPs in general, but I've definitely played heavier guitars.
As for the sound? I can't give a HUGE review on this as I've only played it through my practice amp (Peavey Vypyr 15 watt), but the clean tone seems nice, it sounds good acoustically, and it handles lead and rhythm well too. I'll have to give a better idea of its sounds when I run it through the Invader, but I didn't notice anything bad about it so I reckon through the Invader it'll sound pretty sweet.
Overall, I'm happy with this guitar. I'll need to wait a few weeks to record with it, but I'm hoping it gets me a bit more of the LP chunkyness I'm after in rhythms sometimes.
Oh and the price? 399€, which worked out to £360. This includes shipping from Italy (well it appears their warehouse is in Slovenia, but the company is based in Italy), and a hard case too. Very low for what you get out of it in my opinion!
That looks pretty damn slick!