I have this guitar. I actualy dig it a lot. Like any seven string guitar they are naturally thicker in the neck to support the extra tension from the extra bass string (the seventh string). I never played the Jem model but i would like to. I have played a 7 string for about 5 years. The added bennefit to any recording is the extra tonality for alternating bass notes as well as extra think chords that reach octaves not even possible on a 6 string. They do lead well but not as fast. They are really great for recording because of the resonance of the strings. THe strings are usually a thicker gage which records really rich and clear. Heavier gage strings compromise speed though. I would suggest to anybody to have a 7 string but learn on a 6 first. It takes great hand strength to play a 7. THis needed strength can be achieved by playing a acoustic guitar. 400 dollars is a great deal on any 7 string guitar. THey are limited and difficult to come by. Your 7 string for 400 dollars was worth more than that they day you would have walked out of the store with it. GO try to find another one for that price! good luck! WOuld i recommend an Ibanez 7 string? Of course i would! THe Ibanez 7 string designed by Vai would be more than a wonderfull add to my collection and i already know how to play the thing chords and all. Ya see the 7th string is tuned to B shich means you are able to lay extra thick octave chords just like if you were playing a bar chord rooted on the sixth or 5th string. Now you have bar chords rooted also on the 7th string. Its a whole new world of deep sound. ANd for you drop tuners drop the 7th and the 6th to D and freekin let that metal fly. Really some times its the shooter not the gun that makes the difference at any firing range. With a guy that cant see to good it makes no difference if you hand him a BB gun or the best of marksman riffles hes still going to miss the dam target. Again Would i recomment the Ibanez 7 string. You bet your ass i would. Ibanez makes a wonderful quality instrument and i would love to have one as well as be endorsed by Ibanez.
TO correct some of the readers about Randy Roads and what guitar he played he didnt play a Jackson V. He played a Gibson 6 string V. Randy as well as most other recording artist used the method of multitracking on his released albums (who knows maybe in his recording sessions he used a 7 at times, It wouldnt be unheard of they existed at the time. His live performances were always with a 6 string. THe jackson V seriouse is a series designed to have the look and sound (Via Seymore Duncan pickups- ) of the Gibson. Yes Randy was endorced by Seymor Duncan as well as Gibson but if Ibanez gave him a check at that time you would have seen randy with an Ibanez in his hands flying with DiMarzio pick ups.
Would a Ibanez signature series Howling WOlfgang GUitar flying V make sence??? sure it would! I will even design it for yah!
My biggest draw back to the Jackson V 7 string is the missing locking tremelo system which is a must have in any guitar really. Yeah my jackson is a fixed bridge bummer ahh
Yah know when you find a great guitar as a serious artist you know it!
My dad was a friend of the Do bro brothers. He actually got to watch them make one of the very last DO bro guitars. My dad told me that the last do bro brother was about 90 years old when he made a Do bro for my dads friend. My dad watched as the 90 year old man was hand inlaying a rose patern fretboard. He said that the man was shaking uncontrollably and sporadically from his arthritis joints as he grabed the carving tool. My dad said once the old mans carving tool touched the wood the man stopped shaking and hand carved the entire fretboard in front of there eyes. He was the last do bro brother left alive at that time and my dads friend received one of the very last DO bro guitars ever made. THis is a true story! Music has been a part of every part of my life as i listend to my dads picking from my birth on up to my carreer in music. My first instrument was at the age of 7 (the trumbone) i moved on to oboe and sax at the age of 9 and was recruited into the orchestra. my music continued as i went on through school and even majored in music in college. With music as my major i was thrown out of music school on accusations of cheating because my GPA was 100 percent with me being to top in the whole school. THis didnt go over to well with my world renown trumpet playing college professor who gazed at me in my leather jacket,Long hair , with chains that jingled as i walked and leather motorcyle boots that echoed clickety clackedly as i strolled around the college campus hard tile floors. Yah they through me out alright. The sterio typicaly a head banger cant be academically smart kind of deal. It wasnt that i was so smart its just that i knew the stuff already. Maybe it looked od that i was slumped in my chair not paying attention and eyeing hoties in the class room. Sure enough into the deans office i went with my diploma being expelled papers with a non refunded tuition reimbursement. I got on my motorcycle and was rolling out of the campus pretending that i had a bug in my eye as i was riding off crying like a little baby. WHat a Bitch!
THis is the Kind of **** that would make Bach or mozart (who i am named after) roll over in their grave. I met another drummer from this same class about 1 year latter. WHo told me that he owed me an apology. I said for what? He said because i hated you! I said for what? He said because you were perfect and i was struggling so hard in the class and still wasnt making it. I couldnt believe it. I told him instead of hating me you should have asked me to help you and i would surely have.
Regardless of all this i still love music.
No i dont have a degree no i dont have the big house, the fancy cars, the dog that always listens to what i tell him to do or even the wife that alows me to even pick up an instrument (I had to fight to even be able to play music in my relationship). Music is my passion it is my outlet its where i talking my hurts my joys my greeds my loves my lusts my heart my arrogance my humility my dignity my self worth my lack of self worth my ambition my tears my fears even my beers. so really do i need a degree anyway? I think i