First off I should apologize as I have been a bit late with posting this, we have been hard at work on the new Periphery album, and I just haven't had time to take some pics of the guitar as we have been working when the light has been ideal.
I was talking to the Aristides guys about how much I love my 060 Strat and how it has seen quite a bit of use on the new album's demos, and one thing led to another and before we knew it I had a 7 string strat spec'd!
This one, like my 060, has no wood on it at all. The body is Arium and the fretboard is Richlite, but we opted for the "ebony" look this time around. The finish is a Blue/Green Chameleon which admittedly is a bit tough to capture due to the very nature of Chameleon finishes, but it really looks fantastic. They also made sure to have the back of the neck in a Satin finish as I much prefer the feel of that to a glossy neck.
I opted for a 26.5 inch scale as I just can't go back to 25.5 on a 7 after hearing the positive sonic/intonation benefits of the 26.5, especially in my Drop Ab tuning. The guitar is strung with D'addario NYXL 10-52 + 64 which I think works quite wonderfully with its current setup.
For pickups I went with my personal favorite combo of BKP Strat pickups. The Trilogy Suite bridge with the Mother's Milk neck and middle. The Trilogy suite is a rather fat sounding bridge, and I'm personally not the biggest fan of the thinner Strat bridge sound, so that's why I went with that. I have to say that it pairs exceptionally well with the low string, where it sounds like that perfect middle point between the meat of a humbucker and the attack and spank of a single coil.
For hardware I went with my goto Hipshot bridge and Hipshot locking tuners.
The guitar obviously sounds rich on clean and midgain sounds, and it has a wonderful amount of sustain as well. I have to say I am a bit shocked at how well it works with high gain tones and in a more Metal context, I'm going to have some fun experimenting with that.
Anyways, that's enough talk for now, here are some pics: