First thread on the website! Scale - 26.5. Because I've never played on a scale this long, and that this was my first seven, this took some getting used to. My fingers were super weak and the tension was noticeably higher than some of the other comparative ibanez models that I've played at the store. What I understood was that the extra inch allows for better flexibility when tuning down. I'm a big fan of deftones, chevelle, breaking benjamin, the acacia strain, etc and they all tune pretty low. I figured that I should just man up and build the finger strength. After about two weeks of practicing I now feel that it's worth it. Crazy lead work is still tough but the rhythm sounds are very beefy. Fingerboard feels great, always liked ebony. Stays in tune very well. Action is low and very comfortable. With the blackouts, the overall sound of the guitar is fairly dark, but it's pretty much a rock/metal guitar, you won't get the shimmery bright cleans of a strat which is to be expected. That being said, the cleans are surprisingly good considering the ultra-high output of the blackouts. I often find myself toying around with the clean channel and some reverb, sounds very nice with both pickups engaged though I prefer the neck pickup for clean. Distortion sounds really great. I put on the ernie ball 8 string set strings w/o the 74, so it goes 10-13-17-30-42-54-64. The pickups are much warmer than emgs and that goes without saying. Response to pick attack is good, and paired with the bigger strings if you pick really hard the distortion sounds best for the rock/metal rhythm tones. Roll back the volume to about 6 or 7, and the distortion shines when doing quieter chords and note intervals. Still super responsive to pick attack so it will scream if you pick really hard but purr if you use some restraint w/ the pick. The neck is thin and the satin on the back of the neck is a great touch. The lack of sticky paint was definitely one of the selling points for me. When standing up, the guitar may be a tinyy bit neck heavy depending on how low you hold it but nothing like the ibanez models (xpt707, ict700). The body is slimmer than previous schecters but still dense enough for thick tones. It's fairly light, but don't compare it to those super-tiny jacksons or ibanez's, it is a 7 string and needs the wood for tone. They did a good job of keeping enough wood on the guitar to keep the tone thick while keeping it as sleek as possible. I see many questions about "djent" tones on the boards and I have to say I really, really like the new periphery album. Try to keep in mind that so much of the tone is in the hands. From what I understand Misha uses a tiny little pick since he doesn't do a whole lot of alternate picking, so he has to really crank the sh*t out of the bottom four strings for those chugging parts. He also doesn't use super huge strings or tons of gain. Pictures coming shortly, possibly some recorded parts if people really care. The guitar is what it is, fans of prog metal, deathcore, and just tuning low are undoubtedly going to like this guitar.