Avalanche Ultra 7 review by Dean

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  • Sound: 7
  • Overall Impression: 5
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 4
  • Features: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 6.2 Neat
  • Users' score: 4.1 (23 votes)
Dean: Avalanche Ultra 7
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Price paid: $ 90

Purchased from: Big Deal Pawn

Sound — 7
I play mostly progressive metal and djent. I run this guitar through a MXR Fullbore Metal pedal and a Randall RX120RHS half stack. I play everything from huge clean jazz chords to beefy hi-gain breakdowns on the low end. The low end is a little muddy without the use of the noise gate on the distortion pedal activated.

Overall Impression — 5
I have been playing for about 5 years now and I have used this guitar for 4 of them. I have only played 7 strings since. If this guitar were to be lost or stolen I probably would not buy it again because it no longer suits my needs as a player. I intend on getting either a Schecter Blackjack SLS C-7 or a Mayones Regius 7 next because they are more suited to my needs. This is a great guitar however if you are just starting out or are making the transition to 7 string guitar.

Reliability & Durability — 8
This guitar is very sturdy and can definitely withstand live playing. The finish on this guitar is very nice. I've had it for about 4 years now and there are only a few scratches in the finish. This guitar is very dependable and I would be willing to go on stage with it without a back up if I had to.

Action, Fit & Finish — 4
I don't know how this guitar was setup from the factory because I bought it used. The previous owner had the action a little higher than what I'm used to so I had it lowered. The pickups are not adjustable because they are direct mounted. I don't really care for the stock pickups because they are very muddy when using distortion in the low end or if playing chords. I intend on replacing them with either Seymour Duncans (distortion in the bridge and jazz in the neck) or Bareknuckle Painkillers. Also the scale is short for my liking. The low A is too floppy unless you use a really high gauge string. (I use a 64 on the bottom.) Also the guitar is fairly heavy and can become uncomfortable during long shows. I really like the Grover tuners that came with this guitar because I almost never have to worry about going out of tune. Also the 24th fret is difficult to get to because of the cutaway.

Features — 7
This guitar is a 7 string guitar with a 25.5 inch scale. It has a Strat style body, 24 frets, a rosewood fretboard, a bolt-on maple neck, abalone dot inlays, basswood body, Grover tuners, a TOM bridge with a string thru body, a master tone and volume control, and a 3 way blade pickup selector.

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