NGD: now I am the freak on a leash

Discussion in 'Sevenstring Guitars' started by jephjacques, Dec 4, 2019 at 8:58 AM.

  1. jephjacques

    jephjacques BUTTS LOL

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    Ibanez Apex somethingorother. I'm not a Korn fan but I've been jonesing for an old-school Universe style guitar for a while now and this one fits the bill. Has a sort of "modded-out shitty old Ibanez" vibe that I dig. Thanks to Rich from ibanezrules for hooking me up.

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    Don't normally like fancy fretboard inlays but this one is nice and unobtrustive and doesn't scream "geriatric nu metal band." Also look at that fretboard! And those shiny frets! Rich did a great job conditioning this thing.

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    I feel like a lot of people here probably hate the non-matching headstock but I really like it. Also dig that the only signature branding is the lil Apex decal, nice and understated. Munky seems like a chill dude.

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    his is my first time playing a chonky-ass tilt neck joint since I was like 14, and...well it's about as comfortable as you'd expect :lol: Still, it really does feel like an old-school Ibanez, which is exactly what I was looking for. The neck itself seems a little thicker and rounder than the typical Wizard III, still thin and fast but a little more comfy to my hand.

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    This is my first guitar with a Blaze in the bridge, and I wasn't totally sure what to expect, but I really like it! Feels very warm and fat to me, expecially in drop-G. The neck single coil is kind of weird. It's a lot brighter than I was expecting. Very usable, but a different sound than your typical neck pickup I think. Also, no tone control! Munky knows how to design a fuckin guitar, man

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    The trem is CRAZY sensitive. Like, the guitar will go noticeably out of tune if you hold it face-down or face-up, compared to in standard playing position. I also have to be careful when palm-muting that I don't push the bridge sharp. On the plus side, I can do absolutely silly bends and squeals and shit because of how deep the cutaway behind the bridge is, and it holds tune as well as any double-locking trem I've ever tried. Still, I think I'm gonna get some stiffer springs so it's a lil less warbly.

    Thanks to Rich over at Ibanezrules for the stellar transaction, that was probably the best guitar buying experience I've ever had online.
     

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  2. cardinal

    cardinal F# Dive Bomber

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    Congrats!

    My favorite Ibanez 7. I love the block heel and Lo Pro like the OG Universe, but this has an alder body, the modern wider neck, and is new and not beaten up like those old UVs. All around killer guitar.
     
  3. NoodleFace

    NoodleFace Delicious Noodles

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    Rich is a great person to deal with, and super knowledgable. When I was younger I asked him many stupid questions.
     
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    shupe13 SS.org Regular

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    Bad ass!

    Congrats!!
     
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    IbanezDaemon Raptus regaliter

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    That's a real beauty! HNGD!
     
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    Nice catch + Rich treatment = pure win ! Congrats man :)
     
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    really dig it, congrats!
     
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    BrailleDecibel \m/

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    "A cheap axe for you to play...tuners take it down to A!!" (random scatting) :lol:

    Happy NGD, that thing is noticeably more beautiful in out-in-the-wild photos than the stock ones, you really landed a good 'un!
     
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    Randy Sous Chef Super Moderator

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    Block heel is best heel.
     
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    Surveyor 777 I measure things

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    Congrats - it looks great! Didn't realize those had the block heel.
     
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    serious question... why do you guys like block heels?
     
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    cardinal F# Dive Bomber

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    Just feels right to me. I'm most at home on a Strat, so my hand is just expecting something to be there, I guess. The guitar as a whole feels more substantial so I'm just more comfortable manhandling it, I guess, too.

    The all access joints just feel strange and oddly delicate to me, even if that's silly. The strangest one was the Washburn N7 with the Stephens Cutaway. I was constantly ending up out of position because there was just nothing there; took some time to get my head use to it.
     
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    I know I know but seriously everything about that guitar is awesome but the natural headstock kills it.
     
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    prlgmnr ...that kind of idea

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    It's where the tone lives.
     
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    Cool

    How much did that cost you, if you din't mind me asking?
     
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    jephjacques BUTTS LOL

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    It just feels solid, in an old-school way. It's probably just placebo but it's still there.

    I got a pretty good deal because it's a second-stock, it was apparently on the floor at a NAMM a few years back so it has a few dents 'n dings on the body. Might also explain why it's so nice, if Ibanez made sure a really good one was the demo guitar!
     
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    Leviathus Psychotic Monster

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    Sweet axe + nice pictures too. I've always wanted one of these. :yesway:
     
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    Congrats, looks nice
     
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    Awesome score! Definitely my favorite APEX color. Did Rich help you locate one or did he have it in stock already?
     

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