So I just recently graduated high school, and have been yearning for my first real, no frills, high-quality axe. I'd searched up and down ebay for Rg7420's, spec'd out awesome Carvins, and all sorts of different guitars that I thought would be great things to keep on to...but they all never really *clicked* when I thought about the prospect of me owning it for a long period of time. I've been an Ibanez player for about 2 years now, so when this deal came up on the classifieds, I could not for the life of me turn it down. (Yep, MaxOfMetal, this is your old Universe. She plays wonderfully!) It came with a black Pickguard, and also with the black pearloid one that is currently on it which I think sets off the mother of pearl binding very nicely. After a wiring nightmare that made me have to take it to the shop for them to rewire I dropped in a BKP Aftermath courtesy of Nick @ The Axe Palace and...okay, i'm gonna shut up now, check out my pride and joy. First and foremost I want to thank forum member arkohors for meeting me in Charleston for this beauty - he has plans to fund a custom Daemoness guitar which from what he told me is going to turn out fucking killer when it's all done. I've only had this guitar for about 2 weeks now, but I can already tell that this guitar is going to stay with me until pried from my cold, dead hands. I've played prestige ibanez guitars before (but back then I sucked, haha) but the playability and craftsmanship had never been on par with such a guitar as this. Chords ring out evenly, harmonics are clear as day, no fretbuzz unless I'm making it get buzz from strumming too hard/not fingering my notes correctly. In other words it can be a very unforgiving guitar if you're a sloppy player. I have relative pitch, so if something is out of tune I go insane - all my indo Ibby's feel like they're fighting against me when I play them, and they all seem to me like toys compared to the Universe. I swear to god this thing has made be a better player - my legato has significantly improved, and sometimes I pick this thing up and some of the jazziest tunes just flow through my fingers. The aftermath sounds punchy as all hell when EQ'd right - it has that signature "on fire" sound BK's have. I have a blaze custom in my 7321, similar to the Blaze this came stock with, so I needed something different, and a Bare Knuckle was only appropriate. Much props to Nick for getting this to me in a week's time! I hope you like my new guitar - soundclips and possibly a video once I install a Tremol-no to drop tune it to show how angelic and yet demonic this thing can sound at the drop of a hat. Now, back to your regular scheduled gear-oodling.