NGD: Bernie Rico Jr. Hesperian 8 (HD pics)

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  1. AnarchyDivine88

    AnarchyDivine88 SS.org Regular

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    I finally have pictures of my BRJ that I got a couple of weeks ago! I bought this guitar used off of another user on this site for the incredible price of $1900 and the best part is I didn't have to wait a couple of years to have one built!

    This is by far the best guitar I've ever played so far! I've never owned a really high end luthier made instrument before. Ibanez had been the best guitars I had played until now, so this baby blew my mind!

    Specs:

    Maple neck through
    Flame Maple top
    Mahogany body wings
    Ebony fretboard
    27" scale length with 27 frets
    Bone nut
    Hipshot bridge and tuners
    BKP Painkiller pickups
    1 volume knob and 3-way selector switch

    The clarity is amazing, I can pretty much play anything with high gain and clearly hear every note, even on the lowest string. Due to all the maple and ebony, it's extremely bright, you can even hear it when playing unplugged, and it doesn't have a tone knob to dial it back (which is a good thing IMO) , but that also gives it that clarity and all the wonderful overtones and harmonics, and with a little EQ it doesn't sound too bright at all, but still gets all the benefits of it's naturally bright tone.

    The neck is so thin, a little bit thinner than that of my RG2228, in fact, but with a different contour, and it feels amazing. The heelless neck through design is unlike any neck joint I've ever played before, and combined with the deep cutaway of the lower horn, I can go all the way up to the 27th fret seamlessly with the the exact same comfort of any other part of the neck, without any obstructions at all. The oil finish feels incredible and doesn't reflect light off of it, making it very photogenic (as you can see). I normally play satin finished necks, but after this guitar, I think I might prefer oil finishes now. the body is also incredibly comfortable and light. Everything about this guitar just feels and sounds amazing, it makes me so happy, probably happier than an inanimate object should...but we don't need to get into that...:ugh:

    :lol:

    Anyway, on to the sexy outdoor porn! (Because, i know you're all kinky like that).



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    Thanks to crg123 for taking these fantastic pictures for me, and especially thanks to glassmoon0fo for selling me this wonderful instrument! I'll see if i can get a video up soon, but it won't be as high quality, because it would most likely be using my webcam.
     
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    Its an amazing looking guitar. Big congrats!
     
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    Seventary Norwegian metalhead

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    Looks pretty awesome. Congrats!!
     
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    Looks quite nice! How does she balance? The strap pin location, when coupled with the length of the horn and 8 tuners on the headstock, tends to make the risk of neck-heaviness more prevalent when going that route.
     
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    Actually Fred, now that you mention it, it did take a little more messing with the strap to find a comfortable setting. It definitely feels a tiny bit more comfortable when sitting down, where as my RG2228 feels equally comfortable either way. Overall it still feels decently balanced, not bad at all. The hard case could be better fitted to it, though.

    Big fan of your music, by the way. :yesway:
     
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    Fred the Shred Shrederick

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    Cheers, man! :) I was wondering as that position tends to work with heavier bodies, but tends to scream "strap pin relocation time!" on quite a few axes, in my experience! Haha! :)
     
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    I really like how that looks side on. Happy NGD man.
     
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    DoomJazz Classic Lojack

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    anndddd your selling price is? :D
     
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    that reallly nice man
     
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    AnarchyDivine88 AKA John Petrucci! :lol:

    Sweet score!
     
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    +1 for Shugg face!
     
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    themike Chug Life

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    Does Ernie Ball know that you will no-longer be playing your signature guitar with Dream Theater anymore? :lol:

    Looks great man!
     
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    Sorry in advance as I'm sure this is common knowledge, but did all of the ones in this run have the exact same specs?
     
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    Congrats man, that thing is gorgeous! Classy-as-all-hell and metal-as-fuck all in one. :lol:
     
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    Haha I think he looks alittle like Petrucci too, I bust his balls about looking like him or Jesus, or pretty much anyone else with long hair and a goatee...

    Congrats man, so jealous you snagged that thing. It plays like a dream and sounds like monster
     
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    mphsc lover of fine woods

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    Congrats man, killer axe. Even killerer not having to wait. :lol:
     
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    scherzo1928 has wood for you

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    I admire the fudge out of his slant tops.
     
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    I love everything about it. But the headstock is a bit huge compared to the rest of the guitar. Maybe Bernie should design a good looking 4x4 Hesperian headstock.
    Great NGD, man!
     
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    Yeah, I could undertand that. Hopefully I'll get used to it.
     
  20. MetalDaze

    MetalDaze Repless in Seattle

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    Those pics make my mouth water. That's exactly why I put in a Black Friday order for a 7.

    I guess what confuses me the most is how quickly the Rico's are getting resold. You would think for as long as people wait and how much they gush over them that they would hold on to them longer. Any insight on that?
     

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