This one is coming a bit late since I just got back from tour and have been exceptionally lazy whilst decompressing. Didn't even look at a guitar for a few days which was a shame since I had this waiting for me and had just received my gorgeous Vigier 7 (NGD/Review coming!)
Now I haven't had much experience with Blackat guitars apart from the fact that a few friends whose opinions I trust had told me the guitars were awesome. With that said, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with the guitar. The fit and finish were great, very good attention to detail, and right off the bat it felt good and solid in my hands.
Thanks to the basswood body (which pretty much is my goto wood when pairing with a bolt-on neck) it is lightweight and in my experience lightweight means that it will work well for my sound.
The two things that set this apart from other guitars actually have to do with the neck itself. First off it is asymetrical with the thinner side being on the bass side. This is interesting because it actually fits the shape of your hand rather neatly. It was a bit foreign feeling at first because I have never played a neck with such a shape, but I have to admit I really like it now. That combined with the profile make for a nice combination. The second, and perhaps more important difference is that it has a rosewood neck with ebony fillets, not unlike my Blackmachine B2.
I find that that specific kind of neck (meaning dense rosewood) tends to give the guitar a certain "directness" to the notes. There are 3 guitars that I own that share this quality, one is my Blackmachine B2, the next is my PRS Modern Eagle and the third is this one. Notes pop out immediately, and this is especially noticeable during hammer-ons. Very cool! It should be noted that this characteristic is something that you can hear on the guitar acoustically, and the effect is only further amplified (no pun intended) when plugged in.
It is probably no secret at this point that my signature BKP Juggernaut set is definitely the perfect set in my eyes, so obviously this has a set installed. When this guitar was ordered (before the pickup was announced) the covers were not available (due to their slightly different height) but they complement this guitar fantastically. The low mids are full, and seem to roll off at just the right point to allow the purr to ring fantastically, and the top end is rich and not overbearing. Notes and chords will sound even across the range, and picking hard will get you the attack you want without ever sounding harsh. Definitely one of the most balanced sounding 7s I have!
All in all the guitar came out fantastic, and I highly recommend working with Tom at Blackat.
An interesting side note: At this point I have so many 7's with Juggs in them, and I have to say I am kind of amazed at how different these guitars can sound. They all share similar characteristics related to the pickup (full sound, dynamic, not harsh, fantastic on bridge leads and cleans, super tight) but comparing these instruments back to back, their unique character and overall eq curve completely shines through. Anyone who says that woods/construction on a guitar doesn't make a lick of difference is a difficult and potentially deaf moron.
And with that I give you pics:
BKP Juggernauts, rosewood/ebony neck, Basswood body, ivoroid binding on fretboard and headstock, natural on body, 5A flame maple top
Pretty nice, but that inlay kills it for me.