#1
Before I start, this is my first NGD, so if you feel i missed something I should add, please let me know.
Also, questions and anything, hit me

So, some of you might have seen the build thread for this babe here: Custom Hapas VRYN "Heresy" 7-string Flying V guitar

i will make this NGD a little bit different, by dividing it in two parts:
- first comprises the first 2/3 days of playing, so first impressions
- in 2 weeks to a month, once it settles, i will write a bit more of what i found

Well, let's get started.

THE COMPANY:
HAPAS GUITARS is a one man show CS company based near Berlin, Germany, byt luthier Robert Sola.
Here's their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/hapasguitars
Prices are amazingly competitive and quality is top-notch; German OCD and attention to detail
Here some reviews:
Dennis Kazyer: «I can recommend it without any hesitation. The Axe is perfect and the craftsmanship for this price is unbeatable! The Neck is slim and smooth, finish is flawless, string tension is sick! (...) I already played a live show and several rehearsals with the Hapas and it stays in tune like a tank. Robert is super dedicated about custom builds, more like many other luthiers where you place an order and never hear something back beside receiving a finished guitar after a few years. It sound great and brutal with an Amp (...) its built for one sound and this is destruction...»
(owner of Teuffels, KxK, Guerilla, Skervesen, ViK, PRS, Ibanez Prestige...)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSLUZgxRk_0
here's a playthrough of his hapas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5Qr53QtCR0
And the guitar starring on the right in TIME HAS COME's "The Colour of Love"

Andruschka Andruschev, mod for the GuitarPorn page on FB
"his quality is superior (...) He owns both skervesen and mayones for overall quality. I've played both Skervesen and Mayones, Roberts guitars are far superior to these companies"
(owner of PRS, BlackMachines, Mayones, Skervesen)

PRE-BUILD, THE PROJECT:
this project began like 2 or 3 years ago. i liked my ibby321 but i always loved Vs. i began getting into bands and music writing, so i though "why not get a better guitar, more for lead playing", and started looking. at the time, i almost got a 6string DBZ V, not the Caballo, the edgier version, Venom I believe.
i was only having some problems choosing the color, which was good in the end. by that time i was starting to meet the ERG music and "djent" world, with bands like nevermore, AAL (8string, i now), meshuggah (i know, 8s), intervals and periphery, and that low B string really appealed to me; once i started noticing some of my favorite bands, like Obscura and Revocation getting into that turf, I put the DBZ on wait and went out to try 7s. i really liked the possibilities, ideas kept flowing.
now throw into the mix Mr. Keith Merrow and Mr. Fred Brum. Merrow is my LARGEST influence (or so I want it to be) in terms of riff writing; countryman Brum has one of the best melodic approaches with his two handed tapping that I just love. creative-wise and feel, I knew 7s was what i would want.
now i needed to find a V7 or settle for a 7. i didnt like the schecter's neck, so i ditched the JLV, even tho it was almost what i wanted. jackson had a prohibitive trivium's corey b. sig cost-wise; ESP didn't have a V with all the features i wanted, but Nergal's Hex was also a very pick.
So i turned to CS, and was fortunate to find Hapas Guitars and Robert. The cost was amazing, and the reviews I got were all great. At a time, I was torn between Hapas and Siggery, but the VRYN was better looking, had a better "gold vs lemon" rate and better lead time.
Robert taught me A ....TON in terms of luthery and wood properties, and answered many, many questions. I have to also thank Fred Brum, Francesco Filigoi, Dennis Kayzer, Andruschka Andruschkiev, Phil Billism, Hollowway, Andromalia, BucketheadRules (yes he does) and Edika for helping me pick all the parts as well as choosing Hapas guitars. I am sorry if I forgot to mention people, but you have my thanks.

BUILD PROCESS
First transfer was on the 13th of something of September in 2013, and Robert ordered the woods fairly quick. Robert quoted me a 4month build once everything was with him.
The ash body took a long while to get to Germany, only mid October did the wood dealers get one.
Once everything was there to begin carving, i got struck by the idea of getting a burl poplar top, so Robert had to delay my build. a plank that size was hard to find, as no bookmatched one was large enough. finally in March, an amazing board of burl poplar reached Germany and carving started. Robert completed the body in two weeks.
When it came to neck and fretboard, i changed my mind concerning the inlays: instead of roman numeral, I when for hallow dots and my band's logo between the 11th and 13th frets. that required some computer work to get the logo symmetrical and halted a bit the process. 20th of May Robert got the image, on the 24th the neck, binding and inlay were done.
at the same time we started looking at color finishes. Robert did several testing with 5 colors (2 kinds of red, black, brown, blue) so i could choose.
for a tease, i got the first neck+body picture on the 5th of June. The first coat of black was finished on the 20th; by the time we were discussing finishes with detail: sides, bevels, back, top, headstock plate, neck, etc. on the 22th, i got the first images of the fully painted guitar. but some days later Robert told me he wasn't satisfied with the color and would start over, but mid July it was redone and the color was better; first one was a bit pink-ish. it was a good call.
then came hardware and all that jazz. Robert tried two different Killswitches; one of them was in the pictures you can see on the Hapas FaceBook page. However, Robert wasn't happy with it and told me he was going to find a new one because he felt that one wasn't reliable. he also told me he felt the nut a tad too high, so he would fix it.
PLEK took 3 weeks, between July and August, and then about two weeks for delivery; i asked Robert to keep it a bit longer because i was away on vacations and didn't want to get problems with Portuguese postal services.

Impressions: communication was great. Robert was ever so available, had a .... TON of patience for everything i asked, indulged me with every scenario possible. his deliberate delays of "i can't send you yet, this is not perfect, needs some fixing" showed great responsibility, pride in top notch work, attention to detail and balls to stand up to the customer and say "i know you are waiting for it, but fixing this will enhance your playing experience".

FIRST PLAYING IMPRESSIONS
i got the guitar at my grandma's house (i asked GLS to send it there) and, although she knows zill about guitars, she was as speechless as i was. i just smiled dorkily and shook my head, not believing what i had in my hands. i raced home and got 45min to jam some backing tracks on YouTube and a few of my band's riffs.
first, i have praise the cleanness. everything is clean, smooth and polished. almost seemed like Robert had just finished tidying it up the minute I took it our of the case.
the neck is very comfortable, you can easily get around and its fast. i feel i can stretch with less difficulty. the body stays in balance perfectly in a classical position (that's how i play).
the sound is massive and ....ing HD! I will need to redo all my tones in the X3 Live because what i had going on with an Ibby7321 with emg707 does not do this baby justice. the coil split is amazing, looking forward to, with better tones, writing some odd sounding leads. i had though, too late in the very end to add a piezo system: .... it, i don't need it. cleans sound very good in all 6 options (neck, neck+bridge, bridge; x2 for the coil split).
vibrato is something i want to practice a lot now because the combination of ebony and the SS frets make it so much more melodic, much more expressive. Love the small dots in the knobs, definitely a very interesting add! KS works fine. really digging the OFR for some minor flutter effects; will dig into the Dimebag/Steve Vai whammy rape once i learn how to haha!
only "buts" (because i have to say something):
- the lengthier scale and tougher strings make bending harder. will have to practice more.
- tone knob needed to get screwed a bit tighter.
- i had to tune the G string like 1/4 of a step... everything needed like zero of tuning adjustment.

i had a blast playing this. and don't get me started on the looks... overall, I feel REALLY blessed for having the opportunity to own and play my "Heresy" (its name). it's a guitar that doesn't get in your way, and helps you play better. I can feel my technical shortcoming, but it makes me want to improve and practice A LOT, which for me is a MUST have in a guitar, as it's essential for an aspiring guitar player.
Last edited by LIPCoelho at Sep 18, 2014,
#2
now, pictures. i didn't take picture to the whole deal, i tried to focus on details and really zoom in:

floyd cavity

juggs

so cleanly put

tuners

dat wenge feels GOOOD

route cavity

menacing

knobs, blade and KS

the scarf joint

neck heel

the luminlays

so low action

tuners

locking nut

that ebony is just beauty and comfort in a board

fretboard binding

coil split activated

bevel detail

detail with bevels and Pup cavity joining

scarf joint

finish (probably the crappiest of photos)
#3
now some pictures taking for the Hapas FB page:












Last edited by LIPCoelho at Sep 18, 2014,
#4
Beautiful guitar dude!!

HNGD!

My Rig:
Maverick F-1, Ibanez RG1527, Schecter Omen 8
Marshall JVM 410H,
Hand built 4x12 w/ V30s
Current board:
PXL LIVE
TU2
WHAMMY IV
MXR M132
MXR M101
TIMMY
NS2
MXR M108
XOTIC EP
TC DREAMSCAPE
DL8
Last edited by loki_lulamen at Sep 18, 2014,
#6
No worries dude.

How much did it end up costing?
My Rig:
Maverick F-1, Ibanez RG1527, Schecter Omen 8
Marshall JVM 410H,
Hand built 4x12 w/ V30s
Current board:
PXL LIVE
TU2
WHAMMY IV
MXR M132
MXR M101
TIMMY
NS2
MXR M108
XOTIC EP
TC DREAMSCAPE
DL8
#7
Last edited by LIPCoelho at Sep 18, 2014,
#8
wow badass
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