Ok, so I've had this guitar for a few months & decided it needed a proper NDG. This is my first 8 string, and I'm really pleased with it.
On to the Specs:
construction: AANJ construction with neck thru body style heel and metal inserts/countersunk hex bolts system
scale length: 25.5"-28"
body material: 2-piece carved top mahogany
finish: hand-rubbed oil finish
neck material: mahogany
fingerboard material: macassar ebony
number of frets: 24
fret size: Dunlop 6100
nut: GraphTech black TUSQ
hardware color: black
bridge system: ABM single saddles
tuning machines:Schaller M6 locking
straps: Schaller Security Locks
pickups: Merlin FF8 set with mahogany covers
controls: 2 x volume
pickup selector:3-way toggle
truss rod cover:wood (mahogany)
truss rod: dual action
input: Switchcraft with metal plate
other: wood control cavity cover with Ran Guitars logo
This guitar plays fantastic & the construction is top notch & that's coming from a picky SOB. The finish is perfect & the top is matched perfectly as well. I really like the figuring in the fret board wood & the neck radius is spot on.
As for the sound, it's a bit more bass than I thought it would, possibly the config, a lil tweak of a knob. Acoustically it sings. The clarity is outstanding all along the fret board from the upper register to the lower. The lower notes seem to ring longer that the higher ones but in all fairness it needs a string change.
As for the playability, it blew me away. I honestly thought I was going to have a bit of a problem with the 28" scale but no way. Compared to my KxK 7scale FF 25.5-27" the lower register is easier to reach & the upper register is right below your nose, the perfect fit for me. As for balance, I was a little worried it would dive a bit because of the peg placement, but it balances perfectly.
Coming from Poland to Memphis, Dariusz made sure it would arrive safe. flight style case, megga packing, double boxed. Form the time I got my tracking number I had the guitar in 7 days, customs & all. I would deal with RAN again if in the market.
Now for a few family pics:
Thanks for looking.