Originally Posted by NiMH
well, let's look at the other options that Ibanez so graciously offers to us...
the K-7: Useless crap brought to you by the band that single-handedly destroyed the credibility of the seven string guitar. The only difference between this guitar and an Ibanez RG7620 is a u-bar bridge and lower-quality pickups. BAH!
Well, actually you're quite wrong. The K7 is mahogany, not basswood. Not better or worse, but definitely different than an RG7620. The pickups are DiMarzio PAF7's, which aren't better or worse than the "New 7" pickups in the 7620. I'd love a K7......without the hideous inlay.
the Universe: for about $2,000 you can go out and buy a guitar that isn't even neck-through-body. I'm not saying that the Universe is a bad guitar, but for the money, I'd expect it to be better assembled.
Neck-thru vs. bolt-on may be a valid debate, but build quality is not part of that debate. Just ask Tom Anderson or John Suhr.
I had a Carvin DC727, and now own an RG1527, and the quality is the same, regardless of how the neck is attached.
the RG1527(?) - Nice! A prestige neck, decent body, pickups that'll do until I change them...but an ugly color. It is, however, under $1000.
To each their own. I think the royal blue is beautiful. Enough so that two of my guitars are this color.
the elusive seven string S series: I weep openly on a daily basis that they discontinued this axe. I love the S series, and I love sevens, so I clearly love this guitar. Too bad I can never find them for sale. (nudge, nudge, wink, wink.)
I am very upset about the stop in production of this axe. The world needs more seven strings.
The S series 7 string, at least the 7420, was obscenely overpriced for a guitar with stock V-series pickups and a TRS trem. It's no wonder it didn't sell well. Someone on another board got one for a fair priced used, however, and wasted no time swapping pickups. The TRS performs well for him though.