Re: We have a winner in the end!!!
The neck is pretty effing nice to be honest. I've always used the Ibanez RG 7 neck as a benchmark since thats what i played for years and the ESP feels very different. Its a glossed/satiny neck for starters which doesnt bother me so much since one of my other main guitars is the same, however i tend to prefere bare necks so a neck shave may be in order but we'll see how it fairs up. On initial playing it seems nice though.
Its a narrower neck than usual for a 7 though, i believe its a 45mm instead of 46.5mm. Its very comfortable and nice to play around, the neck through keeps the heel nice and smooth so top access is excellent.
Ebony board is nice and sily too, the setup was really good straight from the case. The action is low and there's no signs of any fret slap yet so i thinks there's room to drop some more still!
I ordered a Line 6 Spider Valve 212, nothing extravagant since my gigging days are gone and i'll only be playing in the house or maybe with a friend and i didnt wanted to deal with pedal boards and tons of gear again so the Line 6 fit the bill. Plus i wasn't yet ready to give up the valves ;o)