Submitted September 27, 2019 by Joe Doherty in Citrus Heights, CA
"Wish I got the white one"
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This guitar is pretty good, and a good guitar if you like to modify your stuff. Cons: (Mostly nitpicks)The color was not what I expected. It is a very pale sky blue, almost grey in some lighting. I was expecting a more vibrant color to contrast nicely with the maple fretboard, so I was a bit disappointed because it wasn't what I was expecting. Seeing it now, I wish I went with the white one.The fretboard just looks cheap to me. This is my first maple fretboard guitar, so maybe that's just how they are, but the unfinished maple looks cheap. Probably going to put a finish on it to make it shine a bit more. A nitpick, I know. Fret ends were sharp. This has a lot to do with climate, but the fret ends were almost skin-tearing. nothing a quick filing job won't fix, but if you are a beginner, be aware of this. This happens to guitars of all price points, but I thought I should mention it.The pickups sound meh. The pickups just don't have the thickness I want. I will definitely be replacing them. I also had to lower them significantly after putting thicker strings on it in order to get a decent tone out of the bridge pickup, and I just can't get the neck pickup to sound good at all.The nut isn't cut thick enough for the 7th string. I need to get myself some nut files so that I can file it down because right now my intonation is way off because of it.Tuners are okay. Will replace them eventually but they work and don't feel horrible.5 Way switch is nice, but not wired the way I would like. The settings are: Bridge humbucker Bridge and neck single coils, hum-cancelingBoth humbuckers Neck single-coil, coil closest to the center.Neck humbucker It's fine if that's what you want, but not at all useful for the sounds I like.the output jack is loose. I had to take it out and push the connector bar inward to get a better connection so it wouldn't cut out, and it still feels cheap. The saddle screws are too tall and are kinda sharp on my palm. Beware if you like your action super low, you might need to just get some shorter screws (or cut these)The body wood is very soft and susceptible to dings. Took a small chunk off and don't even know how. Luckily some wood glue fixed it up quickly.Pros:It's a solid 7 string for the money. No glaring issues.Control knobs feel amazing, very solid, smooth turns.Very lightweight guitar, lighter than all of my 6 strings except my Telecaster.Wide 7 string neck feels really cool in your hands.Body shape looks and feels awesome. Sharp horns and forearm cutout look really cool.I love the Ibanez headstock and truss rod cover.Sounds great acoustically, will sound awesome with the right pickups.Sounds surprisingly great with clean chords.nice round heel joint for easy access to the higher frets.It Djents. Overall if you like to modify your guitars (Like me) then this guitar is a great way to get a 7 string in your hands. Also if you are a someone who really wants to try out the world of 7 strings, this is a great bet. Most of my cons are nitpicks, but I wish I had known them before I bought it. I will be painting this guitar (still keeping some of the original blue) and adding a finish to the neck, as well as replacing the pickups and changing the switch wiring. Just be ready to make some mods, and make sure you know what the color is before you buy it. Guitar colors can be so deceiving in the pictures.
Drummer and pianist for about 10 years, messing around with guitars for about the same time
Rock, Metal, Blues, Jazz, Classical, Electronic
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