Okay. *I took my new/used UV777BK on my gig last night. *I plan to do two more gigs with it before making my decision to keep it or return it.
Keep in mind that my guitars are usually strung with .011s and I strung this one with .009s so i didn't have to set it up before taking it out this weekend.
I didn't change any settings on my Zoom 9030 Gtr processor, so it's EQed for my Evo ans PAF pro p'ups that are in my rg550.
I had to adjust the bridge to balance better - it was leaning way back when I bought it.
Here's what I've found so far:
As far as sound:
I love the heavy tones. My distortion is nice 'n thick and it cuts thru much nicer than the 550
The clean I found okay for regular chorusy "with arms wide open" kind of parts, but when I move to do funky 'chacka chakca' parts (2 &4 positions)this guitar has no bite whatsoever. *
The gain was good in the middle positions - *much better than the Jems I bought and returned, but it couldn't get that funky "stratty" sound that's used on the motown and fast r&b stuff (which I do a lot of). *Curiously though, when playing these kinds of parts with a wah (wakka-wakka-wakka) the guitar sounded much less harsh than my 550, which was welcome.
As far as playability:
I played it all day to get myself used to the extra string. *I adjusted pretty easily - much more so than I've ever adjusted to a 5-string bass with a low B. *I compare it to driving a car from the middle seat, rather then the drivers seat. *everything's almost the same, just slightly displaced.
I found the Low-B to be very floppy and unpleasant to fret on. *I really couldn't find much use for it other than the occasional R-5 chord. *There's not really many chord positions that worked well for me other than R-5. *The B also got caught on the p'up at one point. *I didn't even notice, but the guitar was all outta tune.
In the 3rd set of the night, I finally broke a string (Hi - E)during Prince's "let's go crazy" *It was towards the end of the first solo and I knew I wouldn't be able to change it for the big solo thing at the end, so i grabbed my RG, expecting to be all thrown off by the 7/6 issue. *Happily, I wasn't. *I was actually happy to have it back in my hands. *The p'ups were definitely hotter - had to pull the gain down a bit.
As far as stability:
The low B-E and sometimes the A, despite being locked and re-locked (just to make sure) went out of tune a lot and the rest of the strings accordingly. *I never had this problem before with a locking guitar. *It just did not stay in tune well at all.
So the jury is still out - that clean *"cutting" sound that i'm not getting is a big issue for me. *In a 6-string, i can easily replace the middle p'up with a strat-type p'up - I don't know if there are any 7 string single space/coil p'ups that would give me that gain & high end that i'm looking for.
I'd like hear about anyone else's experiences with this stuff and how they solved the problems. *
If you want to hear the kind of stuff I do on guitar check out www.invisibleband.com/sounds.html
. *Nothing real fancy guitarwise - i'm more about the groove. * I do all the keyboard/drum programming by hand - there's no midi downloads involved anywhere in the process.