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: (The pickguard isn't damaged, it is just foil) (The seller strung these for me with some strings called Leartone, I dont know anything about them but they do sound good!) (Pure sex ebony fretboard, I always wanted ebony due to rosewood reminding me of cheapness) 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!