Yes. I know it's a bit of a blackmachine clone.
Not an exact clone - this guitar has pickup rings and only 22-frets... but, yes, I do see the similarity.
I'm sure this thread will soon transition into a discussion of blackmachine pricing and their Byzantine ordering process then into a discussion of luthier pay and then into cork-sniffing.
So be it. But I'll start the thread off with some pictures.
I haven't been able to play it much as life has been busy lately, but early impression - it's a good guitar - solid feeling, nice neck profile, the fretwork is good (with one exception that I'll get to later), and after a quick setup and string change it plays really well. It's not to the level of my normal favorites - it's about on par with a Japanese made ESP, so quite reasonable.
There are a few things keeping this guitar from being really great. Note: this guitar has had at least two owners before it came to me, I don't know if it's fair for the guys at Skervesen to be held responsible for them.
First up is these strange filing marks on the neck in the heel transition. It looks like these cuts were made with a checkering file
A chunk of wood missing under the binding
This picture shows two issues, one is hard to see (but by far the most serious issue with the guitar). First the easy thing - the side dots are something like luminlay surrounded by black and they kinda look all melted and funky, not a big deal at all - still quite functional, but a bit of an eyesore. The bigger issue is the fretends. About 1/3'd of the fret ends are poking over the edge of the binding
And lastly, the binding transition where the headstock and fretboard meet is kinda rough looking, the textured looking binding makes it somewhat hard to look good.
I'll restate, the guitar is quite good - it's right up with with any ESP I've owned and is better than many other production or "semi-custom" guitars I've owned. I'm happy with the purchase and with the exception of the fret ends (which I'll get fixed) none of these flaws affect the playability of the guitar.
and I forgot to post one other issue...
I'm worried that the binding will separate over time because of this...