So I got this a couple weeks ago locally from a fellow jemsiter [thanks Akh!]. Last time I came across one of these was 6 - 7 years ago at GC and really wanted one ever since. Luckily, Akh hooked it up!
First things first, I pryed out the electronics and hardware from my other RG7. I took the 1077xl apart, installed the original LP7, matched the locking nut and string tree with the rest of the hardware, wired 'er up with green and black pups and eventually put new strings... unfortunately, I bought the wrong set of strings at first (higher tension) for standard Bb. I eventually found "spare" strings and bought a few and re-strung 'em for "balanced tension". Now it plays just as great as my UVGR.
Then I e-mailed Dimarzio last week regarding the "custom 7 single coil" and the possibility of fitting chrome poles to match with the rest of the pickups... they said no problem and mailed me a set after giving them my address.
As for the pups themselves, I had to do some electronics autopsy cause they didn't "sound right". After good few hours rewiring it, it was ready to rock. I initially mounted it in reverse [with the bar towards the bridge] but eventually mounted normally for that warmer "chug", plus the axe looks more balanced now. :P
before I got the axe...
... after cleaning and setting 'er up.
mmm... bounded 7 string neck and offset abalone dots...
more on next post...