AM7 NGD First the Pictures! Specs are as follows: ARIES MULTISCALE 7 CS CLEAR SATIN MATTE FINISH FDQ DEEP AQUA OVER FLAME CALI CALIFORNIA BURST 5MW 5PC-PC LAM MPL NCK W/WNT S THNN THINNER NECK PROFILE FPH FLAMED MAPLE HEADSTOCK EFB EBONY FRETBOARD, BLACK SDL LUMINLAY SIDE DOTS STJF STAINLESS STEEL JUMBO FRET KLB INSTALL Lithium Bridge P.U KLN INSTALL Lithium Neck P.U. 404 WHITE PICKUP WL WHITE LOGO SL STRAPLOCKS BY DUNLOP WPB WHITE PEARLIOD TUNER BUTTO TCP Truss Rod Cover White Perl Also body is Alder and I had the Tone knob deleted Looks wise I couldn't have asked for more. This is exactly what I had in mind. They got it spot on. I really like what they did with the bevel and the back. The paint is very translucent so you can see the grain of the wood and also they left the centre of the back of the guitar unpainted which I love. So now on to the playability. First of all I need to say that this is my first sevenstring. Before this, the most I have played a sevenstring was for 20 minutes and that is when I tried out a Jackson Juggernaut HT7 in my local guitar shop. So here are my intially feelings. The neck is wonderful. I am an Ibanez player and have owned 3 or 4 Ibanez. My current six string is an RGA121 which has the prestige wizard neck which I love because I have small hands. I have owned other brands including an ESP ltd h-1001 and ltd EC1000, both of which I had to sell because I really did not like their necks after being so used to Ibanez. Basically in the past whenever I tried something other than Ibanez I always came back to Ibanez. However, I can say this is the first exception. The neck just feels right, feels extremely comfortable and doesn't feel like a sevenstring neck which was what I was initially afraid of. If you are an Ibanez player I would definitely advise you to call in for the Thinner neck option as it feels great. The fingerboard (ebony) is extremely sleek and feels so much nicer to play on than the rosewood fretboard on my ibanez or any other rosewood fretboard I have played. The stainless steel jumbo frets are wonderful and the edges are smooth and are well dressed/levelled. The nickle frets on my Ibanez are starting to give me some issues so I hope this will be avoided by having stainless steel frets. The hardware is great. No issues here. I especially like the bridge which is the most comfortable bridge I have played on. Pick ups sound good, they sound very different in all 5 positions making this a very versatile guitar. They aren't particularly high output when compared to the Aftermaths in my Ibanez so I had to put up the gain a bit on my amp. Overall this guitar is just easy to play ticking every box in terms of playability. The fanned frets definitely help with some of the bigger stretches which I could see myself struggling with on a standard sevenstring. Now lets be a bit critical. I am glad to say that these are really small things that probably other people would not even mention, but I want to give you guys as much detail as possible. When I first got the guitar the black ribbon around the bridge pickup had come off so I had to stuff it back in around the pickup. (Obviously really not an issue). Second, the white tip of the pickup selector looks cheap in my opinion. I tried to capture it in a picture, but there is a line running around it and a little rough part where it probably was attached to another one and snapped of or something. Again I am really looking at very small details here, but the one on my Ibanez is smooth all round. Third is the veneer on the headstock. I think you guys can just about see this in the picture. As it goes towards the nut it seems to stick up a bit. You can see the little gap in the picture, but as you go down the headstock it is much more seemless. Finally, there are audible harmonics coming from behind the nut when I play. I don't know if this is a normal thing for sevenstrings but i can definitely hear them. But these went away when I put on a fretwrap so really not an issue. And thats it. That's all I could come up with that was negative, so nothing at all really . As far as sevenstrings go, since I have played them so little I was scared that the transition would be difficult, but so far it really is no problem. The neck and the body don't feel bigger than your normal six string and this guitar is in fact lighter than my Ibanez! To conlude: I love it, and I think I made the right decision getting this over a Jackson Juggernaut since it saved me a lot of money and is definitely not an inferior guitar. Plus the top on this is better than any of the Laguna burst tops I have seen which really do not have that much figuring in my opinion. I did a youtube review of this if you guys are interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UOlKP7i1QU Thanks to everyone at Kiesel Guitars Carvin Guitars for making this happen!