NGD: RAN Crusher 7

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  1. oracles

    oracles Australian in Canada

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    spec wise it's identical to my Crusher 6, spare the top stain colour
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    Specs:
    26.5" scale
    1pc Black Limba body
    3pc Ovangkol neck
    Quilt maple top
    Macassar ebony fretboard
    Jescar 57110SS frets
    Lundgren M7 bridge, Heaven 57 neck
    Roman numeral side markers only
    Gotoh 510 mag lock tuners
    Hipshot fixed bridge

    From order to completion, the build time was exactly a year, almost to the day. Dariusz was fantastic to deal with through the process, he kept me updated on progress, I've nothing but good things to say about my dealings with him.

    Quality wise, everything is fantastic. The neck joint is incredibly tight (I've often said RAN's bolt on's are the best I've seen and I maintain that to this day), there's no stain bleed anywhere, no overspray on the gloss, the wiring is tidy, side marker inlays are extremely clean, the cavity cover is routed cleanly and sites flush with the body without being raised anywhere, haven't been able to find any faults or defects at all. The finish work is again phenomenal, I was very specific about the shade of purple I wanted and sent multiple reference images to Dariusz, and I'm happy to say he absolutely nailed what I was looking for.

    The fretwork has improved on the 7 over the 6 string, not quite Aristides level perfect, but absolutely nothing to complain about, it's better than 90% of anything I've had hands on.

    Tonally is where I'm most impressed with this guitar. I'm very familiar with the M series pickups, they're my personal favourites for anything and everything metal. Tight, articulate, clear and dynamic to a degree I'm yet to hear from anything else. The M series really puts your playing under a microscope, which I personally love because you're forced to be at your best. The Heaven 57 however, I was not too experienced with. I'd read about it, spoken to Johan briefly about it, heard a few tone clips and decided to take the plunge on it, and I am SO glad I did. The Heaven 57 is now my favourite neck pickup of all time. The cleans are suitably, heavenly. Warm, clear, very touch responsive, bar none the best cleans I've heard. Under high gain, the 57 again has absolutely no issues and sounds absolutely fantastic. Leads are incredibly fluid, there's no harshness to speak of whatsoever. If PAF style pickups are your thing, you're absolutely missing out if you've not tried the Heaven 57's.

    Overall, incredibly happy with this guitar, and I can comfortably say there's going to be a third RAN on order in the coming months.
     
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    pott SS.org Regular

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    Gorgeous!!

    I've been very curious about Ran. I'd love to get on their latest run, but with another Waghorn and a bunch of other guitars coming in (Mermet, Sankey), I'm wondering whether the quality will be a little below, rather on-par. I've no reason to suspect so, it's just that the Waghorn is above pretty much everything else I've ever played, for obvious reasons since it's exactly my specs.
    First world problem of the day...
     
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    Soya Poor person Contributor

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    Absolutely killer! You have my jealousy.
     
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    AkiraSpectrum SS.org Regular

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    absolutely beautiful, front and back!
     
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    Leviathus Psychotic Monster

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    Looks pretty 'leet, congrats!
     
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    Dawn of the Shred Riffs upon Riffs

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    Congrats man and HNGD
     
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    damn, very nice!
     
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    Milchek SS.org Regular

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    That is a nice fucking purple.
     
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    this world needs more purple guitars
     
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    That's some mighty grain!
     
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    lurè Thy Art Is Mambo

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    Congrats , RAN are awesome guitars!
     
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    FourFour 4/4

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    HNGD! I think I like the back even more than the top :O
     
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    Congrats, my third one is also coming in a few months
     
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    Lorcan Ward 7slinger

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    That turned out amazing! Happy ngd!!
     
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    Nice to see some love for Ran Guitars. I got 5 Invaders and like them a lot, though after the last one, i am not gonna order there again....
     
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    HNGD Mate! Dariusz nailed it, the quilt is brilliant too.

    Every time I see your green one I’m amazed. I forget how incredible that is
     
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    Zhysick SS.org Regular

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    I was going to tag you in this one... You must like that top... YOU MUST! Hahahaha
     
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    jephjacques BUTTS LOL

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    Rans are basically perfect and this one fuckin owns
     
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    Drop dead gorgeous. If Guitar of the Month was still going this would get my vote.
     
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    Fixed for you.
     
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