Originally Posted by WYLD STALLYNS
the guitar is a standard high quality guitar with not very appealing aesthetics, limited upper fret neck access, and a terrible trem...other than it being one of the few 7 strings with piezos on the market, why are they so sought after and expensive?
1) "the guitar is a standard high quality guitar"
Sorry, but high quality isn't really a standard. It's more of an exception these days.
2) "not very appealing aesthetics"
The exact same thing that a lot of people say about JEMs, UVs, JS
', etc. Same with PRS, and any other guitar made. Aesthetics all come down to personal preferences and can't be considered "hype".
3) "limited upper fret neck access"
The only way to get better access would be to have a neck-through. When put side-by-side with any of my all-access neck joint Ibanez models, I can't fell much of a difference.
4) "and a terrible trem"
100% pure opinion. If you know how to use it, it's a great trem. It has it's limitations, but so does any locking trem system that you compare it to. It's more stable than a Strat-style trem, but doesn't have quite the range of motiong as a LoPro. In essence, it does exactly as it was designed to do. Last I checked, it was the John Petrucci signature model, which means that it's designed to HIS specs, not yours. The tremolo does precisely what HE wants it to. That's really all that matters.
You've played one? Where? Guitar Center? Have you spent hours with it with the piezos running through a PA and the DiMarzios through a great tube amp? How many gigs have you played with one? Do you OWN one? Sorry, but it's not possible to get a perfect overall impression of a guitar from noodling around on it in a store.
If you don't like the guitar, don't buy one. As I said, this has been discussed at great length in previous posts. Try searching the Forum and save some bandwidth.