NGD: LTD AW-7, My first mid range guitar and why it is worth to upgrade.

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  1. DarkWolfXV

    DarkWolfXV Excised n anatomised

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    First of all, I'd like to thank people from SSO who helped me choose this guitar. It sounds great! It is my first mid-range guitar, so I didn't know what to expect.

    The first thing I noticed was that the finish wasn't as "present" in real life as on the pics, it depends on the light mostly. It looks incredibly brutal that way, blood red and black is my favorite color combination. It is also very glossy, I like that. My first guitar - a cheap piece of shit strat copy, which was gloss black, wasn't as glossy and looked incredibly dull which turned me off from glossy finishes for a while. The AW-7 is a pleasant surprise and a nice change from my satin black VGS Eruption. And moving on to other things, everything on AW-7 is an improvement over my VGS - the tuners aren't slippy, you can get really accurate with tuning, there are absolutely no sharp fret ends and no dead spots, the guitar is easier to intonate (and intonates perfectly all over the neck!) and the bridge is way more comfortable. It also sounds better! My VGS sounded shitty at first - cheap EMG HZs were its stock pickups. I switched the bridge pup to Miracle Man, going with the hype of this forum about how good BKPs are. It sounded infinitely better. Fast forward, I'm getting this seven string and plug it into the amp, I chugged a tritone and smiled - holy shit, so heavy, yet so clear and present! I dont know if its the guitar itself or the D-Activators, but now I can actually hear a difference between playing hard and soft and different picking styles, unlike on my VGS with Miracle Mans which sounded the same no matter what you did. Action is roughly the same on both, but somehow the AW-7 is easier to play and there is very little fret buzzing, unlike on my VGS where it sounds like a nest of hornets (at least unplugged). Shit, I'm beginning to notice all the flaws of my old guitar, realizing how much I needed an upgrade in my life!

    This is also my first seven string guitar. It isn't harder to play it than a 6 at all. The neck is wider, but also a lot thinner. Speaking of the neck, I can finally play fast stuff above 15th fret now. The neck profile is great and the fret access is incredible. I dont know what use will I have for the high E, so I'll probably tune this one to drop E for optimal slamming da fuqq down.

    Not bothering you with descriptions anymore, here are the pics:
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    (The seller strung these for me with some strings called Leartone, I dont know anything about them but they do sound good!)
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    (Pure sex ebony fretboard, I always wanted ebony due to rosewood reminding me of cheapness)
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    Overall, this thing was absolutely worth the money. If you're considering an upgrade from a lower range guitar - do it.

    This guitar makes me happy!
     
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    HNGD!
     
  3. Blood Tempest

    Blood Tempest Eschaton Mémoire Contributor

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    Glad to see you went through with the AW-7! Sounds like you are very happy with it! A super HNGD to you! :hbang:
     
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    HNGD! Pretty sure those strings are Cleartone, though. =)
     
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    steinmetzify CHUG & SLUDGE

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    Nice score, man....those are really interesting me lately....I'm TRYING to wait for the KM-7 to come out and see if I like it better, but if not I'll be getting one of these.

    Also, the strings are called 'Cleartone'.....that big thing around the 'leartone' is a C. Good brand.

    HNGD and rock that shit HARD!

    EDIT: Ninja'd on the strings.
     
  6. DarkWolfXV

    DarkWolfXV Excised n anatomised

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    :lol: haha, shit I didn't notice the "C", I feel bad now.
     
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    TauSigmaNova Guitarist Wannabe.

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    Mmm, that's a beautiful guitar, bro. Sweet :)
     
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    I did warn you these finishes are a bit duller in real life rather than in photos, but nonetheless, that is a cool guitar, glad you're so happy with it. :shred:

    Glad the community was of help in choosing it :)

    HNGD !

    Edit : was i right about the neck-through and fret access or was i right ? :) Could you go back to square heels now ? :))
     
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    Congrats. I've always been surprised by the quality of the high end LTDs. They really are great guitars and even better for the price.
     
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    kevdes93 Sassy

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    I love the streaky piece of ebony. Guitar is sexy!
     
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    Super sexy. Congrats and happy to hear how much you are lovin' it.
     
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    Welcome to the club! I love my AW-7 :D

    HNGD!
     
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    Glad you're happy,enjoy it !
     
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    Awesome guitar for the price! Nice neck thru there.

    I'd like to hear more of what oyu think about the D-activator 7. How do you like the bridge and neck pups?
     
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    Daf57 5 7s in 4ths

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    Very nice, man! Congrats! :)
     
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    Congrats and welcome to the 7 string family!
     
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    This will be my next guitar purchase... HNGD!
     
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    HNGD dude!
     
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    HNGD dude, recently put a Blackhawk in mine and loving it :hbang:
     
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    ...and if you ever want to get rid of the streaks, you could either:
    - Try oiling the fretboard with something like the Fretdoctor, here: Bore Oil for the Fife and Fret Doctor

    - Or you could try to dye the board with this:
    STEWMAC.COM : Black Fingerboard Stain

    You should be more careful with the dying, read the user comments at StewMac page. I prefer oiling though.
     

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