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  1. #1

    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Virginia Beach, USA
    ME: ESP Sexy Finger
    MB: ESP Horizon 5
    Rig: Randall V2

    iTrader: 5 (100%)

    NGD: Black to Basics 7-String Edition.

    Great price on these so I figured why not. Ryan was a douche and bought the one I texted him about so I had to get a plain one instead.

    I can't say I'm a fan of the pickups, the bridge is alright once you raise it a bit but the neck is terrible and is pretty high already. Split positions sound awful too but I don't use them much anyway, the coil-split on my Invaders in the Syn Special are a hundred times better.

    Overall fit-n-finish is pretty good. It had a horrible setup but once I adjusted it a bit it is pretty decent even with the 9-54 strings. It'll be nicer once I get 10-59s and a real set of pickups.

    Only thing I noticed which bugs me is one of the strings has a section which is a bit raw so I can feel the grain. It's on the bottom one so I don't feel it when playing only when running directly against it.

    So for the price and being new it's a pretty nice deal. There's no way this thing is worth the regular price though. My Schecter Syn Special is superior and costs less money at full price. Unless you absolutely must get a thin neck 7 I'd get something else since these are pretty much all sold out now.

    2560x version of the headstock here

  2. #2

    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Boston, MA
    ME: JP6 / Carvin CS4
    MA: Martin DC-1E
    Rig: Axe-Fx II XL

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    Holy shit, Jeff got an Ibanez.

  3. #3

    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: London ONT
    ME: PRS Custom 22
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    Holy shit, it still has a neck pickup
    Sparrows (Space Punk, LOUD):

  4. #4

    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Montreal / QC. / CAN.
    ME: ESP Maverick
    Rig: 6505~(some pedals)~Orange

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    This x 2.

    President - Reverse Headstock Lover's Club

  5. #5

    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: NC, USA
    ME: RG550
    MB: EXB445
    Rig: 5153/Orange

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    That's what I said

    I'd run a little 0000 wool on the back of the neck. That's one of the first things I do with any Ibanez bolt-on I buy. And yeah, the stock Dm/Ibz's are trash.

    Looks good man!

  6. #6

    Join Date: Oct 2008
    Location: Brighton, UK
    ME: Stuff
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    Nice score, man! I disagree about the value of these, though. Taking current pricing from the major brands into consideration, I think you get a lot of guitar for the money. A decent-ish locking trem, decent-ish pickups, and some attention to detail that you don't seem to get with other companies.

    Funnily enough, I found the same with the pickups on my 827 (the EU equivalent model). The bridge sounded ok when raised up a little, but the neck was a bit undefined and 'pillowy'.

  7. #7

    Join Date: Sep 2008
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    Don't worry. He'll pull it out any day now.
    "They can kill you, but the legalities of eating you are a bit dicier." - David Foster Wallace

  8. #8

    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: NC, USA
    ME: RG550
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew View Post
    Don't worry. He'll pull it out any day now.
    Haha it took me a minute to realize you were talking about Jeff's neck pickup

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