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  1. #1

    Join Date: Nov 2011
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    NGD - Ibanez J-custom 7 String

    First NGD thread here so hi everybody!

    Demo video:

    2012 Rg8527z Model
    Mahogany Body
    Flame Maple top
    Maple + Wenge Neck
    Rosewood fingerboard
    Flame Maple Binding
    Tree of Life Inlay
    Edge Zero 7 Tremelo
    Bare Knuckle Ceramic Nailbomb Bridge
    Seymour Duncan Sentient Neck
    Jumbo frets with J-custom ball ends

    I had J-custom GAS for years so its great to finally have one. This is an amazing guitar and definitely a step up from the prestige line IMO. Big thanks to Meestursparkle for getting this to me.

    This was made in 2012 before the US coloured models were released. I picked it up last year so this is quite a delayed NGD. There was a small problem with the high frets most likely from being in storage so long but my local tech was able to work his magic on it and set things right. He also cut some shims for the nut to fine tune the action more and installed a push pull with a 3 way switch. Right now its my favourite 7 along with my Schecter Masterworks.

    I have it setup in B standard with my usual progressive tension string gauge for 25.5" scales.

    The neck is rounder on the shoulders and slightly thicker than the usual 7 string wizard neck. Its very smooth and very fast thanks to the velvet finish technique they use.

    The fretwork is amazing and this is where the J-custom range really shines. The ball ends are my favourite feature. The action is 1mm at the 12th fret high E and 1.5 on the low B. There is barely any buzz and the notes really ring out. It could even go a fraction lower but its very comfortable to play as it is.

    As usual with Japenese Ibbys the tuning stability is flawless. The Edge Zero 7 is very easy to setup and intonate. String changes are quick and the adjustment wheel at the back makes balancing the trem a breeze. Blocking it however looks like it would be difficult.

    Only cons are its quite heavy, very expensive in some parts of the world compared to Japan and it needed some setup tweaks to get it playing right.

    More Pics:

    The flame top doesn't really pop with the Onyx finish but I love how the Black/White zebra pickups look in it.

    I love the vine inlay and I got a dark piece of rosewood which brings it out more.(Excuse the dirt! She gets a lot of playtime and not enough string changes)

    Close up of the ball ends, it takes a lot of work to do but they feel great.

    Its hard to capture the neck profile but you might be able to see its got a flat back like the usual wizard D shape but with shoulders like a C profile. Very comfortable for

    And lastly the intonation adjustment tool that comes with the Edge Zero 7 tremolo heavily reduces swearing at your guitar when setting it up.

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    Btw, your video will embed if you remove the "s" in the "https"

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    What did you program that solo with?

    Nice guitar though.
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    Awesome guitar! Nice Fallout avatar

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    Quote Originally Posted by flexkill View Post
    What did you program that solo with?

    Nice guitar though.

    Also, not sure I approve of the particular sponsor of this competition.

    But, on the plus side, that's a pretty kick-ass guitar!
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    Well, that's gorgeous.

    Not many fans of Vik around here, though. Just FYI.

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    Gorgeous guitar, man.

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