How many other UV777GR lovers are there out here? I own every UV model and I love them ALL, but I have to say that over time the GR has become my primary instrument. It just kicks SO much ass! The maple fingerboard makes all the difference in the world for heavier playing and I have yet to hear this level of clarity and definition in any rosewood fingerboard UVs.
And NOTHING out there looks like a GR. I've never seen anyone else play one live. Here is a pic from our studio sessions a couple of weeks ago:
Mine in particular is VERY sweet. I saw her on Ebay a few years ago and it was love at first sight! Back before I switched from 6 to 7 string my primary guitar was a modded DSY RG550 (another INCREDIBLE guitar). So being a fan of the DSY I loved the off the wall color of the GR, and I really missed that maple fingerboard! So I and watched and waited until it was time to place my bid. I bid a max $900 and was unchallenged until the very end. I won the GR of course - and for only $870!!! I even got a mail of congratulations from Rich Harris only a few minutes later - it seems he was planning on bidding but he got distracted at the last minute due to some unexpected news from his daughter and completely missed the final 10 minutes of the auction. Talk about lucky!!!
When it arrived I couldn't even believe the pristine condition of the guitar. I'd say this guitar had been in a closet for close to 10 years. The person I bought it from told me they had purchased it new and had never really played it much. The strings weren't wound, but tied in knots to the posts - proving that the guitar had only been strung ONCE because there's no way anyone would make that
mistake twice. It took me over an hour working with two sets of needle-nose pliers to remove the strings from the posts. That aside, this guitar was in DEAD mint condition - brand new other than the fact it was about 10 years old at the time. The paint on the tuners was still creaking and there wasn't a single notch, burr, or ding to be found.
If you want to hear how it sounds click here
for an instrumental we just recorded for our latest album. It shows off the sound of the GR nicely. The GR tone by itself has a high end "twang" to it with plenty of low end and very little mids, which gives it a very chunky and aggressive "metal" feel. The maple fretboard lends a great deal of attack which sounds very articulate when double picking and doing rapid lead work. I'm actually using my same rythm sound for my solos - a gain boost wasn't even necessary. The GR sounded great as is.
I LOVE MY GR!