Purchased from: http://ericjosephart.com
Features — 10
2014-USA Prototype - the EJ 7-String Contour Electric Guitar.
- Premium Purpleheart body
- Honduran mahogany bolt-on neck
- Lacewood neck heel
- Cocobolo rosewood fretboard
- 24 frets
- Strung with Fender 250L nickel-plated steel
- .009>.042 strings (high G > .008)
- Rear installed black steel ferrules
- All black hardware
- Hexbucker pickup set
- Carved ziricote wood pickup rings
- LP style 3-way pickup selector switch
- One volume and 2 tone controls
- 3+3+1 high quality tuning machines
- Bone nut
- Gotoh 12-string bridge (6 strings through body and top loading high G string)
- Abalone side, top, and logo inlays
- Hot Rod style double-action truss rod
- Penetrating polyurethane and carnauba wax finish
- High quality hardshell case-Gator GW-JM 335 Journeyman Deluxe Wood Case
- 7 lbs. 10 oz. 25.5 inch scale
- Dimensions: Composite body completed 4/3/15 > 5 lbs. 2 oz.
- Body length - 18.5"
- Body width >
- lower bout - 14"
- middle bout - 9"
- upper bout - 11"
- Thickness - 2"
- Neck width at nut - 1 13/16"
- Fretboard radius - 11"
- Total length - 42".
Sound — 10
Played through a Roland VGA-7 amp - clean w/low reverb. Very quiet. The Contour 7-string guitar is in it's own category by the way it looks, sounds, and feels. It can play and sound like a 6 string and sometimes, depending on how and what you're playing, it can remind you of a 12 string- or even a lute or mandolin. And these sounds can be achieved without any special effects. Playing this guitar is a rare experience for those used to a 6-string guitar because of all the variations in sound that can be discovered after playing for just a few minutes.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
This is a prototype model that is an adaptation of my 2007 6-string version. Adjustments, fit and finish are excellent. There are no known flaws. The guitar is handcrafted from start to completion. This is my honest assessment of the EJ 7-String Contour model electric guitar. This guitar was not made in a factory. All adjustments and all detail work was done by one person. Having made numerous 6-string models that differ in just a few ways from the 7-string, I have the process down to a science.
Reliability & Durability — 10
A 6-string version of this instrument has been in the hands of about 20 musicians around the world for about 10 years. Reviews have been excellent. Judging from the reaction of professional musicians in regard to the 6-string version of this instrument, I can only assume that the 7-string electric can be counted on to do it's job reliably. Soundly built and tested. All hardware is high quality and is likely to last as long as, if not longer, than most any quality electric guitar on the market today.
Overall Impression — 10
I am an electric guitar designer. I am an average player for about 50 years. What I like: This instrument is very easy to play, and can sound somewhat like a 12-string electric guitar without having to press down 12 strings for bar chords. I like the open body design where I can play lead with the bracing hand right next to the pickups, unlike typical guitars. This results in better control when fingerpicking or when playing lead guitar. My favorite feature is the high G string and how I can incorporate it in my playing, particularly when fingpicking.