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06-22-2003 04:09 AM
Re: Fatty-My 7 string baritone hollowbody

Originally Posted by ATDVSBL

My primary purpose for ordering a custom, handbuilt guitar is because of the neck. I like the wide neck and string spacing on my classical, but there are not many production 7 string necks this wide and flat.

What do you guys think? I know, its not exactly a mainstream guitar, but I think it came out looking pretty sweet.
That's a really nice guitar. I've been really wishing for a guitar with a wider neck that has string spacing closer to a classical. Maybe somewhere in between a classical and a typical seven string. You'll be doing some serious playing on that one.
06-21-2003 04:19 PM
ATDVSBL A lot of people have asked me about cost. I paid approx the same for Fatty as I would pay for a new PRS hollowbody with all the goodies from the local "chain store". The main difference being, I can't even come colose to getting a Fatty replacement from PRS. Everything about Fatty is custom.

I would estimate between $4-5K depending on exactly which options you choose. (I got just about all of them )

The best thing to do is contact Scott Heatley directly for a price quote. I can't say enough good things about Heatley guitars and what a pleasure it was/is to work directly with Scott. I feel like you get a "private stock" quality instrument, at production guitar prices.

once again, thanks Scott!!
06-21-2003 03:37 PM
trajectory fish That is very awesome, nice instrument!

As far as strings go, I've found that the .011-.065 flatwound set works pretty well if you're tuning to B.
06-21-2003 04:21 AM
Benno Very nice!
06-21-2003 03:49 AM
Jupiter Wow! That guitar is just plain gorgeous! It made me feel happy just looking at it! Congrats!
06-20-2003 09:52 PM
Sevenstringer Dare I ask the cost of such an amazing instrument??
06-20-2003 05:04 PM
mecca777 That's a work of art. I agree with Gresh; that's the kind of instrument that becomes an heirloom. The finish, quilt and inlay are all magnificent, you lucky lucky man. I poked around on that website and had a look at some of the other guitars on there; Mr Heatley is building some masterpieces, and no mistake.
06-20-2003 03:02 PM
Harry_D Uhmmmm, I want that one BAD!


06-20-2003 11:34 AM
Entropy Love that quilt and the inlay.

The workmanship looks stellar!
06-20-2003 09:33 AM
guitarkatana That is one damn beautiful guitar!
06-19-2003 05:22 PM
ATDVSBL Scott has not told me who makes the pickups, your best bet would be to email him and let him disclose whatever info he wants to
06-19-2003 05:07 PM
ns9 Hi! WOW! Very nice
You mentioned custom pick-ups; who made them? I am currently trying to find someone to do a custom 7 string single-coil stacked 4-wire (for tap) for the neck position in a custom being built. Nikki
06-19-2003 04:25 PM

06-19-2003 12:57 PM
Jim Soloway With that scale length, assuming standard tuning on the 6 basic strings, then 11's are probably as heavy as you can go. I tried 12's on my 7421XL (27 inch scale) when I first got it and it was close to unplayable. It also felt like it was putting a huge amount of tension on the neck.

Since I go for a very dark jazz type sound, I use flat wounds. I've been using Thomastik Infelds since they first came to the US about 10 years ago and they are easily the best strings I've ever played. Unfortunately, they don't produce an appropriate string for a low A. They made a few prototypes and I was one of the testers. They were fantastic, but for reasons I never understood, they were never released, so I currently use a D'Adarrio nickel round wound 72 and it does the job adequately. As heavy as that sounds, it's actually considered a bit light among the jazz 7 stringers. 80 seems to be the standard, but then most of the other players are also using 25 or 25.5 inch scale lengths. If you're really going to try the B tuning, you may want to go a little lower, something in the range of a 65.

If you can't find heavy weight strings for the low A/B, go to and check the single string listings. They have everything.
06-19-2003 12:36 PM
ATDVSBL I'm starting out with .011's, then I will experiment to see what I like best on this guitar. As far as tunings go, mostly Low A, but I will play around with different chord voicings with low B also. Fixed bridge is key for switching back and forth between tunings.

jim, do you have any string suggestions?
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