KXK "Superstrat" Prototype...

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    ...You've all seen the pics, you've all heard the hype, now here's the scoop:

    Construction: Maple neck-thru block, mahogany body wings, thick slab ebony board. Single hum (DiMarzio X2N), vol/tone, TonePros tune-o-matic, Sperzel tuners, 27" scale. The heel's so out of the way it's almost ridiculous, the neck is thin and flat, the cutaways are deep and the back of the treble side is scalloped on the back - it's virtually impossible to hit this cutaway with your hand unless you try. The frets are huge, and nicely done. The top is nicely carved, not too steep, and the bridge is partially sunk into the body.

    Appearance: Flip/flop metallic black/green paint, oiled neck back, blank unbound ebony board, black hardware. Simple and to the point. The finish is a new process KXK is using, and it came out looking nice, but the clear coat is not up to snuff. He's changing techniques on the production models.

    Fit & Finish: Excellent, other than the clear coat issue already mentioned. The fret slots do not run to the edge of the board, so it gives a bound feel while being unbound. The paint feathering around the oiled neck is very nicely done. All of the carves and routs are very nicely done.

    Sound: Acoustically, it's loud and bright, but the mahogany wings add a nice roundness to the bottom end, and the long scale rounds out the harmonics. Plug it in, and the X2N quickly shows itself to not be to my liking - it's too bight for a guitar that's pretty bright on it's own. It's still a quite usable tone, just lacking bottom end grind. Something with a stronger bottom end like a Duncan Custom would be outright brutal in this guitar.

    Overall: A steal for his "special" price. It plays smooth and liquid, and the big frets helped overcome the string tension being higher than I'm used to. The low B rings out nicely, the high strings sing - really, unless you've played a guitar with this quality of build and wood, it's hard to describe the difference, but it's palpable. The access to everything is clean and easy, the neck is almost TOO thin for me - the Ibby guys will love it - and the 16" radius makes bending nice and easy. Really the only negatives were the pickup choice and the lack of a neck pickup - and the fact that he put the front strap bitton on the back of the horn, which I'm sure he'll correct. ;) The tone control actually tamed the X2Ns brightness well, and I dialed up a pretty reasonable "grit" tone by rolling off the volume and tone. That alone tells a lot about how the wood sounds, since it was a quite useable tone.

    Basically, anyone looking for a 7 that smokes anything in the 1K price range should be on the phone to Rob before the end of the month. This is a major piece for a minor price, and it'll smoke ANY current production 7 I've played (which is all of the major players - Ibby, Schecter, Jackson, etc.). It's really that good. :bowdown:
     
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    So how would you compare it "feel-wise" to your CS Jackson?
     
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    It's very close - there's some obvious differences, but it's within spittin' distance of the quality of my guitar. It wasn't like when I go play a Hellraiser or (sorry Ibby guys) UV and it's obviously an inferior instrument - the KXK is close enough that I probably wouldn't notice much of a difference switching between them. It's not quite to my Jackson, but I'd say it's better than my Washburn, which is a ridiculously high-quality instrument.

    If you add in the current price, it eats anything out there alive. If I needed another custom 7 ( or could get one in the house without getting divorced :lol: ), I'd have called Rob yesterday afternoon.
     
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    I have deleted some off topic posts. We're trying to keep this section limited to gear reviews and questions related to the gear being reviewed. ;)
     
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    Sounds really good Mike, I'm placing my order for sure. Just one thing you missed though, how many "Cousin Larry's" does it get? :lol:
     
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    Assuming it's the same neck profile as the V, I felt this way too. If you like thin necks, then holy shit, it was even thinner than my UV. However, if I was to order one of these (and I want to, but it's just not in the budgetary cards right now), I'd be opting for his thicker profile.
     
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    It's THINNER than the V. Seriously.
     
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    Are there any measurements of how thin it is? Like how Warmoth says it's .800" at the first fret.
     
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    Unfortunately, I don't have a set of calipers to actually measure it with. I can always ask Rob if he knows what it is.
     
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    No need to overload Rob. But it is thinner than an Ibanez?
     
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    ;)

    This is the old-style UV neck, by the way, which is a touch thinner than the newer ones. It's been a while since I've played an original 6-string Wizard neck, but the V reminded me a lot of the "where's the neck?" feeling of playing one of those. If the Superstrat is even thinner...
     
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    Keep in mind he is offering a chunkier neck profile as well.
     
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    if only it was a different bodyshape, id be all over it =] I just cant play strat shapes =[
     

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