I got this 2007 JEM7V-WH as part of a trade. My brother has an older one with an ebony board. They've been coming with rosewood boards since 2003(?). I thought I'd have a problem with that, since I generally don't like rosewood, but it looks and feels great. I was also surprised by the pickups. The stock DiMarzio bridge pickup in my RG3550MZ was pretty bad, so I didn't have high expectations for the EVO's, but they sound damn good, even for metal. I got a pretty good deal on this guitar, and I love it, but I'll probably trade it for a 77V if I can find someone who's interested. So if you have one, let me know!