Well Melon Farmer, I sold all the gear I needed to sell to get the bills paid so we could get ready to get into a house. BUT just for the record, this guitar was being made WAY before all of that happened. So whats your name Melon? I see you just joined the forum today
OK NOW FOR THE REVIEW
The guitar is officially named the RB7NWH model (Rikk Beatty 7 string Natural WorkHorse) and is available through EKG guitars for $1250.00
With that little plug in mind.........
I first have to say that just like anyone else that has a custom guitar made for them totally from scratch, you are a little nervous at first. You start to think: "Am I going to like it? What if my specifications requests on the neck or body come out to be too weird for me or what if the pickup combinations sound weird....." Well after pulling the RB7NWH out of the box and just looking at it I knew it was a quality piece of gear. You can just tell when great amounts of time and craftsmanship are put into something. From the matching alder veneer headstock, to the lower body strap button I can tell that the attention to detail was the most important thing on the luthier's mind.
The tuners are very sturdy heavy tuners and have nice even tension on all 7 machines. The graphite nut allows the strings to glide smoothly. If it were not for seeing the grain on the fret board you would think it was fake!! It is the most BEAUTIFUL deep, dark, black, rich looking ebony fret board I have ever had on a guitar. The action on the strings is superb. VERY low but no buzz. The body is smooth feeling from the very light sealant put on it to lightly protect it yet leaving the wood "open" for that awesome tone a JEM7BSB gets (without the blue stain on your hands!) :-)
The pickup combination is what I really love. An EVO in the bridge so the leads cut through that bass frequency of the low "B" string, a blaze in the single coil position, and a blaze in the neck position for those deep "bassy" clean tones. Equipped with a coil splitter to split the humbuckers and a high pass filter to keep that Blaze in the neck position sounded crisp... you just cant go wrong with this baby.
I have to say I wanted a "no frills workhorse" guitar but what I got in my opinion is a guitar that is beautiful enough to be put on the UV line of guitars and sell in mass production. The looks really are stunning. It looks even better in person than the photos that Eddie sent me.
Now I know you might think either I am saying all of this just because it is always cool to get a brand new guitar and everyone is always excited when they first get the guitar BUT
Eddie (from www.ekgco.com
guitars) asked me to be honest and brutal when giving an appraisal of the 7 string. I really tried to find something wrong with the guitar but...... it just was not possible. I feel very lucky to have in my hands the first guitar from this line that I know will sell many more. THANK YOU EDDIE!!!
Here are some pics of the guitar: