Mayones Hydra Elite 7

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  1. Doug N

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    Interested to hear anyone's thoughts about the Mayones Hydra Elite 7. I'm back in the market for a 7, I had a Mayones Regius 7 a few years back and I loved it, but my ex-wife decided to kill that guitar, with extreme malice. Anyway, I loved the playability of that Mayones, but I've never played a guitar without a headstock. Any thoughts on that, or anything else about the Hydra? Thanks in advance.
     
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    RIP regius 7. gone but not forgotten.
    Headless guitars are fun to play with, have never owned one but tried a Strandy 6 in guitar center the other day.
     
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    One other question, forgot to ask. You can get into the Hydra for about $1K less than some of the other models. Other than the bolt-on and the lack of a head it seem like you're getting everything else you'd get in a typical Mayones. I've watched a few videos online, I'm not hearing any major tonal difference but interested in that as well.
     
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    71A128A7-529E-467C-A5A6-BC9D27508F17.jpeg I have a Hydra 7 gothic and it is SICK! Love it. If you keep checking musicstorelive.com you can get one for a reasonable price. I put sfty4 pups in mine and this pic was taken right after that prior to cutting the strings. My one slight gripe would be that it’s hard to get a flush cut after restringing. However, the headstock extends past that so you don’t get dinged by any sharpies.
     
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    Looks awesome, I'm seeing a couple good deals on Reverb but I'll check out musicstorelive too.

    Does the metal where the head would typically be balance the neck out? Can you notice a difference in neck weight or does it feel like a regular guitar?
     
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    I've played a couple, am also waiting on the right deal for one myself. I love headless guitars in general, owning several headless models myself. I consider the Hydra just guitar without a headstock, and that it feels as such. I cannot justify the metal headless-stock to make any sort of real world difference whatsoever. It's far thinner than you think. All headless guitars will have a different inherent feel due to not having a headstock, some jive with it, some don't. It feels like most any other headless guitar IMO.

    If anyone is willing to try, with a grain of salt, run a piece of painters tape with a piece of paper under it for protection over the headstock and use a quality pair of snips on as obtuse of an angle as possible. Even without, i've personally never had an issue with 'pointies' sticking out of a headless model (but I also don't carry my guitars around in gig bags or anything where I'm blindly grabbing at the headstock either).
     
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    The hydra isn’t a regius. It’s much more of a duvell. If you’ve played both and know you like both then you’ll probably like the hydra.
    I personally don’t like the duvell.
     
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    It’s well balanced both sitting and standing. I don’t notice any difference than a regular Mayones playing wise but it is lighter.
     
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    It’s an awesome guitar. The 7 hydra elite was my first guitar in the headless world and I personally love it. The guitar rings like a bell when you strum it unplugged and it stays in tune very well.
     
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    Thanks guys, just pulled the trigger this morning.
     
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    If it's anything like my Mayones QATSI, the build quality is amazing, but not smash proof.
     
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