NGD: AEL207E 7 String Acoustic

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  1. Daf57

    Daf57 5 7s in 4ths

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    Finally got one of these. It's been out just long enough to get a good deal on them. MF basically gave me the case for free. I'm very impressed with the quality for this price point. I kept looking it over for the binding or joint issues and they are just not there. It's pretty much immaculate. The Flamed top is super dark on mine - even in the sun I can barley see it - that's cool tho. It's subtle - making it a black finish for the most part.

    I may replace the tuners - they seem to be the weak link here - a bit cheap and I detected some slippage with the heavy gauge strings. Any suggestions on some black or chrome tuners?

    Sounds very full and rich acoustically. I haven't tried it through an amp yet. Very pleased. :yesway:

    I'm going to string it light - 11-59 to start. May go 62, not sure.

    Some mediocre photos! ;)

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    The Ibanez AEL207E 7-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Onboard Tuner is as sweet to your ears as it is beautiful to your eyes. A Fishman Sonicore pickup and SST preamp deliver outstanding reproduction of the guitar's acoustic tone. The AEL207E features a flamed maple top with maple back and sides for a tight, well-balanced sound across all 7 strings. It comes with a rosewood fretboard and bridge, die-cast gold tuners, pearl dot inlays and an onboard tuner.

    Fishman Sonicore Pickup & Ibanez SST Shape Shifter Preamp with Onboard Tuner
    The powerful Fishman Sonicore pickup, complemented by the Ibanez SST Shape Shifter preamp with onboard tuner, enables easy sonic manipulation using the 3-band EQ and tone shaper. Any contour is right at your fingertips. The SST also offers a phase reverse for feedback reduction.

    Balanced XLR and 1/4" Outputs
    In addition to the 1/4" output jack, a balanced XLR jack is included for direct connection to a PA system. AA battery operation avoids the difficulty in finding replacement batteries.

    Features

    • AEL body
    • Flamed Maple top
    • Maple back & sides
    • Mahogany neck
    • Fishman Sonicore pickup
    • Ibanez SST Shape Shifter preamp with onboard tuner
    • Gold die-cast tuners
    • Ibanez Advantage bridge pins
    • Abalone rosette
    • Rosewood bridge and fretboard
    • D'Addario EXP strings


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    Thanks! :wavey:


    Wasn't sure where to post - here or acoustic ... mods move if you need to. :)
     
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    Sweet guitar, congrats dude! I also like your dog in the background. :)
     
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    I've been looking into one of these for myself. I was stoked to finally see a 7 string acoustic that was affordable. Any specific Pro's and Con's you can mention? You are the first person I have come across that has actually played it. Thanks man, and happy NGD
     
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    Happy New Dear Gay! ...or something like that :p

    But seriously, that's really cool! I like the headstock shape, the 4+3 looks right on it.
     
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    Daf57 5 7s in 4ths

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    The only con for me are the tuners - I'm detecting a bit of slippage when tuning - and that could be due to the factory winding. Once I replace the strings that could go away as an issue. For the most part it's an excellent buy for a 7 string acoustic at $499 - :yesway:
     
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    Daf57 5 7s in 4ths

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    :lol: I just saw that I screwed up the subject! Doh! Fixed! :yesway:
     
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    Congrats bro! I have been have a JX70 Ibanez acoustic (6 stringer) for about 13 years and I like it!
     
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    Awesome, I really want to get one of these before they end up discontinued like the old Ibanez 7-string acoustic. Need more $$ :lol:
     
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    Les Curl of the Burl

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    wow that thing is great, i must have one! Happy NGD, great pics too!

    EDIT: Holy shit thats a cute puppy!
     
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    gerbby_doge That One Bassist

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    Beautiful guitar!:holy: It would be nicer if the top was more visible but what can you do. How does it play?
     
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    Daf57 5 7s in 4ths

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    Exactly why I finally went ahead and got it! I'm thinking the same thing!
     
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    Daf57 5 7s in 4ths

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    It plays a bit stiff at the moment. Need to have it setup with the lighter strings Monday. Other than that it's a beautiful sounding guitar acoutstically. Very pleased with the sound!
     
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    Daf57 5 7s in 4ths

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    Thanks, everyone! :)

    One other thing I noticed is that the nut, which both it and the saddle are bone, is a bit rough. The slots are fine - but the shape of the nut is a bit crude and could use more sanding/polish. May have it replaced down the line.
     
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    Les Curl of the Burl

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    If your going to do the tuners, black sperzels with the brass open gear...straight baller (also, would look incredibly dashing to be more proper...)
     
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    Or gold open-backed sperzels with pearloid buttons:

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    TK Instruments is the best place to custom order a 7-string set with whatever finishes, buttons, and configurations that you want.
     
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    Daf57 5 7s in 4ths

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    Thanks for the tuner info guys! Those Sperzels look hot! :bowdown:
     
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    Daf57 5 7s in 4ths

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    So with the locking tuners ... do you not wrap the string - just slip through and tighten it down?
     
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    Yep, pull the string through and hold it pretty tightly while tightening down the wheel in the back. Then cut off the excess string and tune to pitch, no wraps.
     
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    Shawn Ibanez Guitars Forum MVP

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    Very nice. Congrats! Great pics too. :cool:
     
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    This may be a dumb question but what company makes 7 string acoustic sets?
     

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