On the same day I received this guitar in the mail 2 months ago, I was diagnosed with tendinitis in both arms. Needless to say, I’ve had time to inspect my new J Larada 7 thoroughly; it came in pristine condition. Two weeks ago, I got the all clear from the physio to get back to playing. I started with 10 min playing super simple stuff every 2 days and I’m now at 30 min with a bit more complex stuff (I’m still not at 100%). I waited until yesterday to try out my J Larada 7 mainly because I didn’t want to spoil the 1st impression by being severely limited in my ability and playing time. Here are my impressions. Overall impression: this is the best built guitar I’ve ever owned. The attention to detail is insane. Playing the 1st notes had me inspired, both because it feels and sounds so good. Customer experience: Ivan at Abasi Concepts is super professional; quick replies and precise answers to questions. Weight: this guitar is surprisingly light. I don’t feel much difference with the other “light” guitars I own (e.g. Strandbergs). Body shape: classical position feels super natural. The “above neck” body shape ensures that the guitar rests stably. Neck profile: over the years I’ve played Wizard necks, C-shaped Kiesel necks and Endurenecks. Having hand problems, neck shape is a really important to me. My 1st impression with the neck: I love it. I think I even prefer the ovoid J Larada neck to the Endureneck, namely because it doesn’t have “corners”. The thinning of the oval really relieves hand stress for certain chords and licks. Upper fret access: can’t complain here, this bolt-on neck has drastically better access to the higher register than my other bolt-on guitars. Fret fanning: I’ve always tried to stay away from fanned frets. My rationale: 25.5” scale length parallel frets make tapping arpeggios and stretches way easier. I was pleasantly surprised that my adaptation was pretty quick and more importantly, that it feels natural. Pickups: judge for yourself below... NeuraDSP Plini through studio monitors caught by a Blue Yeti mic on my desk. I’ll post more when I get better and once the honeymoon wears off. In any case, I’m confident this will become my main guitar from now.