Wow it's been a long while since I posted here, but for the first time in a veery long time I'm playing 7s again so here I am posting it. I actually got it earlier this month but figured you guys would be interested in a short review since I don't see many of these around and there's even less reviews (I think I only saw one on here? correct me if I'm wrong there), so I'll break the ice on this one and be as honest as I can about it since I know there's likely many people skeptical on a sub-900 dollar indonesian made guitar (though I'm personally a VERY strong believer that it's about the instrument, not where it's made but I understand the concerns) so here it goes. I'll start with the cons first and go into the pros. First issue I had out of the box was how horrible the fret dressing was. I understand that this is a maple fretboard guitar and it's par for the course especially when getting guitars here in southern california, but I also own a sun valley SS (original korean made, will be visible in the following pics) and it's immediately noticeable that the fretwork on the 6 is in general much better. The frets were also slightly tarnished on the SS III 7, and that had me a bit surprised at this pricepoint, but these are all minor details that can and will happen that I personally don't pull my hair out over, but these ARE issues that some people might be unhappy with on a guitar in this pricerange, especially when the 630 dollar korean made HH variant of the same guitar in general seems to be dressed better. However, that's where the negative points end and this is where the good stuff starts. As mentioned I own both the original Sun Valley SS and this III variant, and in terms of hardware the III 7 is absolutely amazing. Unlike the original which only really has stainless steel string lock bolts and intonation bolts to make it a sort of pseudo-floyd hotrod, it actually has an original floyd hot rod, 32mm brass block and everything. There's a pretty significant difference tonally between the original and III just because of this, anyone who's compared a special and original floyd will know immediately why this is pretty significant. As for the rest of the guitar, it's definitely pretty solid and feels very good in the hand; it doesn't feel cheap is a good way to put it. It feels VERY similar to the original sun valley super shredders, and that's exactly what I wanted, so if you've played one of those these really aren't far off other than possible shoddy fretwork, but as always I could've just drawn a rough one. I'd also like to take a second to say that these pickups are probably some of the best EMGs I've ever heard. The bridge pickup is very similar to it's 6 string cousin Retroactive 70, which I'm very happy about as I've really fallen in love with these pickups. I'm not sure what you're doing EMG, but whatever it is keep it up. Tonally they have a very distinct low mid voicing but retain the tight bottomend, pretty much ideal for the kind of stuff I play on my own time (big nevermore fan) but still distinct and diverse enough to delve into many other genres which works out very well for the band I'm on as we're playing a more alternative metal kind of gig which isn't as focused on heavier metal tones. Also I didn't mention much on the finish so I'll sneak that in here with an edit: it's beautiful. the images speak plenty do I really need to say anything? lol though I still feel the images don't do it justice I do think they get the beauty of the finish across. If anyone wants more pics I can snap a few with my DSLR once the weather clears up here, otherwise all I have is indoor pics currently. I could probably add more but I think that's enough text to summarize my issues and not issues with the guitar. Here's a picture of it sitting next to my ESP LTD SC-20 and original Sun Valley SS To summarize my feelings on this guitar, I feel it was definitely worth the price for me personally as it's very close to the original sun valley with a few small compromises that were resolvable but irritating at this price, but with some great new additions to the sun valley name; being HSS 7 string(why don't more of these exist?? more importantly, why isn't schecter making a 7 string version of the original sun valleys.. oh well), original floyd w/ the hot rod package, and an absolutely stunning finish. HOWEVER, if you have 900 dollars and you're after a 7 string I don't know if I can immediately recommend getting this one since about 200 more will get you an ESP LTD SCT607B... BUUUT if you're like me and you want a VERY SPECIFIC SET OF SPECS on a 7, those being HSS, original floyd and maple fretboard I'd absolutely suggest hunting one down but be aware that it'll need a bit of a setup before it'll be at it's best. Oh yeah, if you guys want reviews on the SC20 and original sun valley (as if there's not a million for the latter already...) let me know, I'll gladly drop one in the six string board!