Price paid: € 619
Purchased from: rockpallace
Sound — 8
I play mostly metal all kinds of stuff from Dream Theater to stuff like Cannibal Corps on this guitar. it sound fine although the B Sting sounds a bit muddy sometimes. At my place I run the guitar through a Ibanez Weeping Demon and a Peavey Bandit 112. also tried it on a Fender and a Marshal valve. While playing with my guitar teacher I was amazed how clean it sounded trough a clean channel while also having a great distortion tone. Thanks to the 5 way selector you can get a wide variety of sounds. I especially like the ability to parallel connect the neck pickup for a bit of a single coily sound. So overall a nice sounding guitar.
Overall Impression — 9
With my style of music its an good 7 string guitar for its price. If I would lose this guitar if I would have more money I would go for a other guitar. But since this was close to my budget. I love the feel of this instrument but the thin body is kind of a double edged blade. I like this guitar a lot and maybe I'll replace the pickups one day it plays great and sounds great. So overall a great guitar if you don't mind passive pickups.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Played live with it once, no problems at all. But I would bring a backups so should you with all guitars, you never know what might happen. Since I have some experience with the s series I know that the hardware will last. (-) the tremolo arm comes of once in awille, the socket seems to loosen up or something. This occurred to me 2 times in the past year. Not a big flaw but still.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
the factory set up was horrible. The intonation was a off and the string where to thin, the Low B sounded like sh*t. First thing I did was restringing it with thicker string and set it up right. After setting it up the action was really low with minimal fret buss, which can't be heard through the amp.
Features — 9
Indonesian made guitar with 24 frets, wizard II-7 neck and a mahogany body. ZR-7 Bridge: I like the ZR-7 bridge, keeps the guitar in tune. if! the guitar is set up well, so if your guitar gets out of tune take a close look at your intonation! Passive pickups with a 5 way pickup selector. (-) one of the few negatives of this guitar is the fact that the body is a bit to slim for fitting active pickups. I decided to buy this guitar as my first 7 string simply because I love the Ibanez-S series. I own a S470 and simply love how versatile it is and how low the action is.