Price paid: $ 999
Purchased from: Billyhyde
Sound — 10
I play anything from funk to rock to metal and while it is a versatile guitar capable of playing all of these styles, it really shines in the heavier metal and shred tones, which is I guess what it was made for. The EMG 707's really compliment the guitars mean look and can give you lots of attack and really nice bass from the seventh string. The push/pull feature which changes to single coil lets you get surprisingly good clean tones, not particularly a warm fat clean but more of a glassy, crisp tone.
Overall Impression — 10
Buy one. You know you want to. It's an absolutely beautiful guitar that's just fun to play. It's very comfortable, and it's about twice as versative as I'd have expected it to be. Hellraiser or not, you can totally play blues on this, the clean tones are quite cool in a rather crystalline, sparkling way, and it's just a guitar that smokes for lead work. For the price and for the features, it's one of the better sevens on the market right now.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar is definitely gig worthy and comes with good quality hardware. I would do a gig with no worries on whether something will go wrong, it looks and feels like a solid instrument. So far there have been no problems with anything but I have only recently bought it, so not much to say here.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Everything was setup perfect out of the box. There were no blemishes or flaws in any of the construction and finish and it played like a dream. This is my first and only seven string at the moment and the transition from six to seven only took a few hours, partially because the other guitar I use for shred/lead work is an ESP LTD KH-602 and the neck on the Hellraiser actually feels quite similar to it.
Features — 10
Basic Features: * Construction: Set-neck with Ultra Access * Scale: 26.5" * Tuning: B-E-A-D-G-B-E * Body: Mahogany * Top: Quilted maple * Neck: 3-piece mahogany * Fingerboard: Rosewood * Frets: 24 extra-jumbo * Inlays: Gothic cross * Pickups: EMG Active 707-TW * Electronics: 2 Vol with push/pull coil-splitting/Tone/3-Way Toggle Switch * Bridge: Original Floyd Rose Tremolo * Binding: Abalone * Tuners: Grover * Hardware: Black Chrome 3-colour options, black, white and black cherry The only drawback in the features is that it didn't come with a case but that has nothing to do with the guitar itself.