Thought I'd come over here to show off a few pics of my newest aquisitions, since I haven't been around much of late...
I snagged a RG1527 from a guy off www.sevenstring.org
last week. I'd always liked the looks of these things, but I wasn't sure what to think since everything I'd heard about it here was kind of a mixed bag. However, the price was right, I missed a H-H axe, and I figured worst case scenario I'd just grab an alder body for it.
I picked it up, threw on my preferred Elixir 10's + .68 low B set, and dialed in the setup a bit, and man, this thing smokes. I absolutely love the neck, it's a little thicker than my PWH's neck, and a little thinner than the '04 UV's I was playing the other night, but it's just surprisingly comfy. I dig the larger fretwire too, and I've always liked H-H axes. the previous owner threw in a set of D-Activators, which I actually kind of dug - I liked the neck 707 but hated the same pickup in the bridge, and I'm happy to report that while these are certainly reminiscent of EMG's in tone and output, they're entirely absent of that "shink" pick attack sound, and don't need a ton of gain to sound good for rhythm. Not sure if I'll keep them or not, but for now I'm having fun with them.
A few dorky artistic shots:
I was also surprised by the Edge Pro 7 bridge, and the new J Craft case. I remember neither was terribly well recieved here, but the EP7 feels just as well made as an edge to a casual observer, and is quite comfortable. The locking studs are of course an issue, but I'll swap that out at some point... The case looks much more legit in person than it does in the pictures I've seen too, as well.
Meanwhile, earlier in the week I'd picked up a custom 35" scale 5-string from Mike Sherman, a luthier who did some stints in the Hamer and Dean custom shops before moving to CT and going solo. Fascinating dude, had some hilarious stories about hanging with Dime (who he built guitars for), and he does some seriously good work.
The bass in question was something he built for a customer years ago and when it came time for delivery the guy couldn't pay. So, he held onto it as a shop loaner for the last five or so years, and for one reason or another decided to sell it. I'd been looking for a more inspring 5 string, and his asking price was a steal, so I made arrangements to buy it when I got back from India.
Simply, this thing is beautiful. It's obviously not a new guitar, but that doesn't bug me since I bought it to play the hell out of it. It's a surprisingly heavy bass, but has a seriosuly thick tone and just exudes quality from every pore. It's just an inspiring instrument to pick up, and makes me wish I wasn't such a hack bassist (I've been practicing bass ever since I picked it up, lol). The top and striping on the neck is gorgeous.
I'm, as they say, a happy camper. I'll post up some clips once I get a chance to record both of these.