So I guess I'm official (which is ironic- I've been listening to Vai less and less of late, and now I find myself with a quasi-sig model of his)- the thing showed up a day earlier than I expected.
gotta keep this quick, as I'm writing from work and it's a busy day, but god damn... The thing's noticeably more resonant than my 7620, and I'm not sure if it's that or the pickups (Blaze as opposed to AN/TZ- my guess is a combination of the two), but this thing KILLS- easily the heaviest sounding seven I've ever played. Through my Nomad 45 2x12, it's very ALS-esq (the only Vai tone I'm really that enamoured with) with maybe a little more... Idunno. It's just an incredibly alive sounding guitar, huge yet clear bass response, explosive (yet still smooth) treble, and while the mids are quite a bit scooped in the Blazes as opposed to the Air Norton and (especially) the Tone Zone, I'm playing such a mid-heavy amp that this is actually kind of a good thing- I just backed off the gain a touch, nudged the mids up about a quarter or half number on the third channel, and I was good to go.
It'll take me a while to get used to the smaller fretwire, and I do miss the AANJ a bit (slightly compounded by the fact that after throwing on the obligatory cliplock strap, even with it tightened all the way up it's still about an inch lower than I'm used to- weird, I'm 6' and never felt as if I wore my guitar unusually high), but man, I think I'm in love.
Pics of the family after the weekend,