Ryc, you would have laughed if you saw me stringing this thing. I put the 5th and 6th strings in the wrong place before I realized my error
Illuminators I like OK. I'm not blown away by them, although I'm still messing around with the height and the polepieces. I like the EVO 2 in my JC or the Gravity Storm in my Jem better. Makes me think that the Ionizers might be more to my liking. I already had them in my STW so I just pulled them out and stuck them in this.
Scale length difference I don't seem to really notice, at least with anything I've done with it so far. Seems like something that would come into play more if I were really trying to stretch out for notes.
The thing about the neck is not so much the profile but the width. I find that when riffing, my thumb ends up on the flat part of the back of the neck and gets uncomfortable pretty quickly. This could just have to do with my playing style. I tend to wrap my thumb way around on a six string, but this just isn't possible on a seven.
As I mentioned above, I just don't know what to do with the seventh string. I've used it most when playing clean, but I'm basically just substituting it for what the bass would do. Other than djent, what are people really using it for?