Hey everyone, I am new to the forum. I was super stoked to receive my Loomis 7 string last night. I have been needing a new guitar for years. However, both my friend and I were very confused upon playing the guitar. First off- The sound: It did not sound good at all. There was no clarity in the notes, they sounded very woofy and there was little character and no distinction in single note runs. It sounded like there was an invisible force field around the notes that didn't let them from becoming clear or ringing out. Have you ever played a crappy guitar through a really, really loud amp and noticed the woofiness and break up that happens in the notes? This is what it sounded like. Also, the high notes were extremely shrill. I already put a new battery in to see if that was the problem. Didn't do anything. Also, the guitar was feeding back like crazy. Way way way too much. More than any other guitar I have played. If my hands were not muting the strings it went nuts. I have an Epihone Les Paul with a broken bridge pickup that sounds better. The Les Paul , even with the broken pick up has way more note clarity and even a better crunch. Second-The way it felt: I understand that new guitars need to be set up to each individual. However, I have also heard others express that the factory set up on the Loomis was to their liking. Not in my case . The guitar is very difficult to play and feels unresponsive. It does not do what I want it to do. Extremely high action and the strings are very hard to push down. It takes a lot of effort to play. It just does not feel good at all. I am new to Floyd Rose guitars, so I will have to figure out how to fix this. I don't know what gauge the strings are, they could be extremely high. I apologize if I posted this in the wrong forum. Does anybody know what could be wrong? I was pretty upset last night.