Dateline: January 29, Metalguitarist.org. One Mr. Eelblack2 posts a classified ad for several items. That night, after some deliberation with my ever-tolerant girlfriend I stake my claim to one while I have the chance.
Dateline: January 30, PayPal.com. I initiate a transfer of funds from my bank account to pay for said item. Am subsequently told by Mr.Pal that processing would be complete on February 7.
Dateline: February 9, PayPal.com. Funds finally arrive in my account, and are immediately transferred to Mr. Eel. Item is mailed shortly thereafter.
Dateline: February 13, late afternoon, Ottawa, Ontario. Item is delivered to the UPS store in Ogdensburg, NY, just across the American border, and about a 45 minute drive away in good conditions. We leave the house to pick it up at approximately 4:30PM, trying to get in before the store closes at 6PM. The run to the border has begun!
Dateline: February 13, approximately 4:45PM, Ottawa, Ontario. Stupid fucking piece of shit traffic is getting in the fucking way. Get the hell off the road, you fucks!
Dateline: February 13, approximately 5:05PM, just outside of Ottawa, Ontario. Traffic has eased, no longer seething with rage. Roadward ho! Note that, even after two days of medium-to-heavy rain, it's still pretty frosty up round here.
Dateline: February 13, approximately 5:10PM. Exit 66, featuring our scenic NOOOOOOTTTTHHHHIIIIINNNNGGGGGG.
Dateline: February 13, approximately 5:20PM. Avast! The Bridge to America is in sight!
Dateline: February 13, approximately 5:21PM. Oh, god, this bridge is high.
Dateline: February 13, approximately 5:22PM. The land of Liberty and Limbaugh is looming.
Dateline: February 13, approximately 5:30PM. On the open road to our intended destination and its sweet, sweet reward. Hey, this kind of looks just like the road just outside of Ottawa. Has this trip lapped itself?
Dateline: February 13, Approximately 5:35PM, UPS Store, Ogdensburg, NY. Mine! Mine! It gives it to us! We pays the $5 package receiving fee and we takes it for ourselves! ... But we unwraps it here first, yes, yes. Mustn't trust nasty postal workers. They could hurts it, yes. They takes it for themselves! Nice Lee wraps it well, he does.
Dateline: February 13, Approximately 5:50PM. So bright... so beautiful...
Dateline: February 13, Approximately 5:51PM. Yes, we will plays it in the store, precious. Nice UPS lady doesn't mind us... Oh, she does minds us. We must... go now?
Dateline: February 13, Approximately 5:52PM. Yes, we must leave at once. But first our girlfriend buys cat litter at Wal-Mart. Tricksy Wal-Mart. We will stay and guard the precious.
Dateline: February 13, Approximately 6:20PM. We crosses nasty bridge again, and resolves to stop talking like Gollum for the remainder of this picstory.
Dateline: February 13, Approximately 6:35PM. A very nice customs agent pulls up Lee's sale posting on Sevenstring.org to verify that this guitar was, in fact, used.
.... Wait, $150 in customs? We hates it and we breaks resolution, we does. *Gollum Gollum*
Dateline: February 13, Approximately 9PM, return home after several intervening stops. Here are the new family pics. The 2228 really looks like my old, trusty 7420 just let itself get all fat around the edges. The 2027 remains classy next to all the black, shiny though the others might be. This pic is lacking several of my guitars, such as the Tele and acoustics, but it's still a nice shot.
So, early impressions? It feels good! Part of the reason I picked this up was to get a sense of how 8 strings feel before investing in a Sherman, and with my long-term familiarity with Ibanez's Wizard necks, the 2228 provides a good reference point in relation to what I'm already comfortable with.
It still has factory strings on it, so the low F# is really flabby, but I plan on finding a new set of strings in the near future. The fretboard could use some lemon oil, too, so I'll do that when I change strings.
The build construction seems pretty good, all things considered. I haven't been able to plug it in yet, but that'll come tomorrow.... Or, maybe tonight if the basement neighbours don't shut up any time soon.
I'll update with further impressions as they develop.
Thanks again, Lee!
I literally lol'd at the NOOOOTHIIIING part