I've just joined the EBMM JP7 club, and I'm loving it so far -- the neck finish is marvelous, and the body is almost as resonant as my Carvin CT. However, it's been a while since I've held a 7 string, so I figured I'd address my questions to the wise masses. First of all, I don't know how JP uses this string gauge. The factory 9-56 just doesn't cut it; they don't respond to my pick. I'm planning on setting the guitar up with Circle K strings, 10-67 for now (I'm used to 11-52 on 25" in E). Before I do anything, though, a few problems: -The guitar came with 2 extra springs. At the tension I'm approaching, will I want to attach either or both of them to the vibrato system? -It would appear as though the hole in the tuning peg is at capacity with the 56 in there -- what should I do in order to accomodate a more manly gauge? -I'm getting a lot more noise than I had anticipated from the CL through my normal rig. Taste and circumstance (budget) make me a pedal-gain kind of guy... I mostly use my Wampler Dual Fusion and Pinnacle, sometimes with a Wampler Ego compressor at the front (impulse buy, that). Any recommendations for a noise gate and how I might use that in tandem with the compressor? I probably don't have enough gain for it, but I love the sound Perpiphery get from their setup. Thanks in advance for any help, and I hope I'm not posting this in an inappropriate location.