Loooong time no see... I've mostly been playing Kiesels for the last couple of years, but as an owner of a RG2077XL and lover of the XL series in general, I couldn't pass up to finally snatch one of those RG7421XLs when the opportunity presented itself locally. A business partner of mine had bought this one for his studio recently. He asked me for advice before he pulled the trigger and I promised him I would buy it from him down the line... and turns out he was ready to let go of a couple of guitars, including this one, rather quickly. He brought this one over and despite the slightly rough shape, it played and sounded amazing. So I didn't hesitate to trade some gear with him and throw $150 in cash on top to make it all mine! And I do not regret it, that's for sure. I immediately ordered a Hipshot Ibby FP 7-string bridge and still had a Guitarmory Polaris set laying around. So I took it to a local tech, had it put together as well as set up to drop G and here we are: The bridge really makes a difference compared to the subpar stock unit - it brightened up the tone of the guitar significantly and also gave it a little more punch. It is a lot more loud and brilliant sounding acoustically than before as well. The Guitarmory Polaris set sounds great, but looks a little random in the RG7421XL. If it was matching the rosewood, it would probably come together more coherently, but I will say that the wooden bobbins looks surprisingly great against the silver finish. Now I'm a single pickup guy through and through, so I'm debating to throw a pickguard on it to cover up the neck PU route, PU selector switch and vol knob position, so I can move it to the tone position. The finish on this guitar is pretty dinged up, though. So I am debating to go the extra mile and have the whole thing professionally refinished next year. I could have all the cavities filled with wood beforehand and make it something truly unique. But for now, I'm just stoked to play the hell out of it. It has definitely reignited my love for my Ibbys. Not that it ever went away, but I do find myself playing them more again, also thanks to this RG7421XL.