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nickname009 02/21/2012

Ibanez S7420 : nickname009 のユーザーレビュー (content in English)

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Neck Material: 3pc Maple
Neck Type: Wizard II-7
Body: Mahogany body
Frets: Jumbo frets
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Inlay: Pearl dot inlay
Bridge: ZR 7 bridge w/ZPS2
NeckPU: AH17
BridgePU: AH27
HW Color: CK
Finishes: BK

Beautiful 3-D arched top body
Deep cutaway for easy access to higher frets
Fast, flat, and ultra-playable Wizard necks
ZR Zero Resistance tremolo with ball bearings offers smooth arming
7-string S model available


PICKUPS
Bridge Pickup
Name: AXIS SEVEN 2
Model No: AH27
Construction: Humbucking
Magnet: Ceramic
Description: Seven-string version of AH2 pickup.

Neck Pickup
Name: AXIS SEVEN 1
Model No: AH17
Construction: Humbucking
Magnet: Ceramic
Description: Seven-string version of AH1 pickup.

NECK:
Scale/Length 648mm/25.5"
a: Width at Nut 48mm
b: Width Last Fret 68mm
c: Thickness 1st Fret 19mm
d: Thickness 12th Fret 21mm
Radius 400mm

I have owned 2 of these. One of which was the 90s version in a weird quilted green top and now these 'reissues' I say reissue because I remember them not being available for a while and now they brought'em back. Or something to that nature anyway.



UTILIZATION

This is your go to shredder 7 string guitar on a decent budget. Neck is thin and fast, the S shape allows you to go up to the upper frets without some huge block thing in the way. The Trem is there and generally stable enough for you to do the crazy pull ups and dives and whammy tricks and what not.

Sound-wise...Not too sure...might need a pickup swap.

SOUNDS

Ok to the important part. Ibanez has always had a history of making horrible factory pickups. I have owned and played many Ibanez guitars and have 99.9% of the time changed the stock pickups to something else. There has always been that issue with Ibanez for me, I don't know why that is, and I don't think I'm the only one either. They just can't seem to get it right with their factory pickups. I just don't get it!

SO, if you want to sound like your favorite 7 string metal bands, look into investing some money in the pickups. Stock, it will not sound as good. I put EMG 707s in these and never looked back. Great pickups with a great, thick, clear and mouldable sound. By that I mean, depending on what gear you use, EMGs almost always sound good with every piece of equipment from the start, and easily too. I don't mean hours long of tweaking, just a few seconds to maybe 2 minutes tops and you'll be in the ball park or even better, tone-wise to where you want to be. So since I don't care for the stock pickups I have to unfortunately rate the sound quite low.

The cleans were actually quite good for stock pickups but the distortion was fuzzy and unclear as per usual.

OVERALL OPINION

I love the S series guitars. I think it's the best shaped guitar created since buttered-bread. They're thin, and comfortable on the body and comfortable to get up to the upper frets. I DO wish they had fixed bridge versions of the S like back in the early 90s or so cause not everybody's in the whammy thing and I'm getting way too used to blocking trems these days. Though I do use the floating bridge from time to time I find myself blocking the trem a lot more often.

Overall though, great guitar, the neck is great. Really slim and comfortable, feels like a 6 string guitar even though it's a 7 string! That's how comfy it is!