My first NGD! Ibanez ARZ!

Discussion in 'Sevenstring Guitars' started by Chocopuppet, May 5, 2012.

  1. Chocopuppet

    Chocopuppet Woof Bark Woof

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    Hey guys! :wavey: It's my first NGD! I finally ponied up the cash and bought a sevenstring. Had to drive 2 hours to the nearest guitar center, but it was well worth it. :rocker:

    I have to say, I'm really really impressed with the Ibanez ARZ307. The piano black finish is absolutely beautiful in person. The hardware is all top notch, except for some ugly work under the truss rod cover. :noplease:
    Fretwork is surprisingly good. No pointy edges, which was unexpected. This thing was made in china, but the quality is pretty fantastic. I actually thought it was an indonesian ibanez until I actually checked when I brought it home. :yesway:
    The cutaway is pretty great. I can hang around on the 20th fret pretty easily. I can't really go from the low B to the high E as easily as I'd like, but I don't think I'll be spending that much time up there. It has 24 frets, which was an absolute must for me. Perfect for tapping!
    The rosewood fingerboard is... Rosewood. What else can I say? It's not ugly by any means, and the binding around it is great.
    You can feel this thing resonate in your hands. Granted, the mahogany probably isn't the greatest quality, but it sustains into eternity. :fever:
    The most surprising part is the pickups. The pickups are pretty great, actually. And these are stock Ibanezes. Ibanezes. I probably won't be able to get some new pups for a while, but I'm in no way broken up about it. When I do, though, I'll probably spring for a white liquifire/crunchlab set. Maybe just a crunchlab, because the neck pickup's lead tone is actually quite smooth and buttery with a nice amount of pick-attack.
    The only thing I'm kinda concerned about is maintaining tension on the 25" scale, but I suppose thicker string gauges can compensate pretty easily.
    All-in-all, I'm very satisfied with my purchase. Now, I'm going to go learn some more Unearth and Periphery.

    Oh, and I brought pics. I heard you guys like pics.

    Pictures by chocopuppet - Photobucket
     
  2. cosmitron

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    :yesway:
    Much better than a lot of Gibson I've seen those last days. :D
     
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    The neck carve on these guitars is beautiful, too. :)
     
  4. GazPots

    GazPots Is A Complete Idiot.

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    It really surprised me when mine arrived a while ago. I thought it was a 25.5 24 fret les paul 7 and it turned out to be a bit shorter and (to me) it feels awesome.


    I'm terrible with high tension strings since I've got feeble fingers. I can just about hack 10's at E standard on a 25.5 so I found it a little looser and smoother for me to play.


    Love them. Really want to get the one with the blue flamed top now. :lol:


    Congrats on joining the Les Paul 7 club. :D
     
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    Congrats!!!

    very nice guitar!:yesway:
     
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    I really dig..........the S ! very cool finish :yummy:

    Congrats for both :yesway:
     
  7. Chocopuppet

    Chocopuppet Woof Bark Woof

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    Thank you!
    That finish was custom done by me. :D I had no idea what I was doing. Turned out looking excellent. The pickups are a Liquifire in the neck and a PAF Pro in the bridge.
     
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    The neck heel on thos ARZs is awesome.
     
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    I just played one of these at GC yesterday, I like 'em. I thought the string spacing felt a little 'close', but I was surprised and impressed by the quality. HNGD!
     
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    I had mine for a few months, and I definitely wouldn't mind having another. it's an awesome deal. such a comfy guitar, congrats!
     
  11. Chocopuppet

    Chocopuppet Woof Bark Woof

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    I forgot to mention, another con of the guitar is that the strap buttons were way too big for my current locking strap. Gotta pick up another strap today.
     
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    Seems pretty kick-ARZ

    *gets coat*
     
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    What gauge is it right now?
     
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    Oh crap, I'll pull the trigger on one and see by myself.
     
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    Chocopuppet Woof Bark Woof

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    I'm actually not sure. I'm going to be installing a set of... um... .10 gauges.

    I gotta get some higher gauge strings. Anyone know a good gauge for drop g?
     
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    Been gassing for one of these.

    Pics of this guitar aren't helping! Haha

    Hope you're enjoying your new seven string!
     
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    cosmitron SS.org Regular

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    I've put a set of 11/58 on my 25.5" EC407. It sounds just straight and right and it's in standard B.
     
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    Congrats on your (first?) 7! It looks very nice. :) I am loving that piano black. The first 7 I ever bought for myself was an Agile Interceptor Pro 727 Nat Satin. Very nice guitar, but I am thinking about getting a custom 7 next time....maybe a Daemoness or a RAN Crusher. Very nice guitars. Anyways, how does that Liquifire sound in the neck? Tasty?
     
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    Got a question about ARZ307 case.
    I've seen on Ibanez website that the matching case is the AR100-C. Unfortunately it's not available in Europe (as far as I know). But there is the AR-C case which fits AR, ARX, ART, GAX models.
    Does anybody know if it would fit the ARZ307?
     
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    Dat heel.

    HNGD! :hbang:
     

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