NGD: Skervesen Raptor 7

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  1. Wolfos

    Wolfos Guitarded

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    (Warning lots of words)

    Ok, so after nine months, a billion annoying emails from me to Skervesen and boring my wife and friends to death talking about how I should build my guitar later...

    IT ARRIVED!

    Because I can't contain my excitement I'll post the pictures now because really that's what's important right?

    Full description to follow photos but I have to say the guitar in person is actually a natural brown and black burst like an antique violin, not the orange-ish hue that the photos seem to show, I'm not sure why they turned out like that lol.
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    I have many more photos of the build and of it in my house but I'll just post a link to my Dropbox folder here.

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/pai4dqqdqqlza3c/AADFSJ56BVq-cMcUBgHGfDI-a?dl=0

    I'll start with the specs:

    Skervesen Raptor 7
    25.5" Scale
    Carved Walnut top
    *Custom Vintage Violin Finish
    Matching Reverse Walnut headstock
    Swampash body
    Mahogany and Maple neck
    Ebony Fretboard
    Tangent Curve inlay
    'S' 12th fret Abalone logo
    Green Luminlay side dots
    Black Hipshot open gear tuners and bridge
    Hipshot O-Ring knob
    Skervesen World Domination Mod.
    BKP Ragnarok see with Carbon fire covers
    Tuned to Drop G#
    Strings 10-50 + 70


    So let me just start by saying Skervesen has been a pleasure to deal with, I had no idea what to expect as I've never had a guitar built before. They were very accommodating and extremely good with communication even with our fairly large time zone gap (Canada-Poland)

    I had initially been looking at Aristides to build an 070 and was in communication with Pascal to start one but the hard wood porn over at Skervesens website changed my mind.

    Because of this, however, I made a crucial mistake after I had made my order with Team Skerv. I assumed that there standard 7 string models were 26.5" scale just like the 070 models are which is perfect for my drop G# tuning. It was about a month into the build when I noticed a lot of the Skervs online seemed to be 25.5" scale or multiscale so I sent an email to double check... I was pretty upset when I had found out about my goof up needless to say.

    I was assured though from Maciek at Skervesen that it would not be an issue and their final setup tech would pick out the perfect string gauge and set up the neck for that tuning, I was skeptical of this as even my last 26.5" guitar flopped a little bit.

    Thank God I was wrong, this guitar shreds! It stays in tune incredibly (haven't touched it since I opened the box 3 days ago!) The strings are fairly tight with no flopping or fret buzz unless I really attack hard which I don't typically. I could not be more happy and I'm glad to say the scale length is a non-issue. On top of that the guitar is actually more beautiful in person than in the "photoshopped" pictures. It has a beautiful antique violin finish to it that love and the whole guitar has a raw wood feel to it that is amazing to hold and play. Much preferable to glossed and coated guitars IMO yet more prone to scratches and dents so this is a no buckle or zipper guitar for me.

    I'm not very good at describing how the neck plays but I can say this is the best neck I've ever touched (I've owned or played the good versions of several Ibanez, Gibson, Fender, Jackson, PRS, Music Man, Mayones and more I'm sure)

    It's nice and wide for my big man hands but not thick like a baseball bat it still gives me lots of space for scale runs and weird chords. Don't even ask me about upper fret access... just look at the pics it's nuts. The action is low and comfortable just to my liking

    As for the sound, I did my research ahead of time because I know there have been people saying their Skerv sounded shitty which in reality is just the combination of wood and pickups the customer chooses. So far from my history of guitars all but one (My JPXI 7 with illuminators) I've owned has been a bit to bassy/muddy/fuzzy however you'd like to describe it. So I knew I wanted more Mid and Treble for this guitar which is why I went with Swampash Maple and Walnut which is good for mids plus the snap of a bolt on neck. I added Mahogany in the neck to balance out the lower end. I finished the sound by adding the BKP Ragnaroks which I had watched many videos and read many reviews on.

    On the neck setting, this thing is unbelievable, like, I peed a little when I first heard it. It is the exact sound I've been wanting for my whole life it's such a full deep sound amazing for ambient/ atmospheric chords and riffs works so well with all my pedals and breaks up so nicely for neck leads, I can die happy now.

    The bridge I think I actually went overkill with, it's pretty hot, and with the tone woods this thing is very trebley. It sounds like they turned the treble up to eleven. I can only blame myself for this though so I'll either have to change all of my amp setting for that pickup or change it out for a more well rounded one.

    As for the construction in general I am very impressed, and my wife will attest I am very picky when it comes to guitars. Skervesen did an extremely good job, all of the wood transitions are very smooth and clean, no glue spilling out from anywhere (don't laugh I've seen many expensive guitars with glue seeping from below the fretboard) i was most impressed with their neck pocket, it was nice and tight but they obviously knew not to make it so tight as to potentially have cracking in the future.

    Look at this rant, I better stop if anyo e has any questions about the guitar or my experience during the build feel free to contact me, I'll be glad to talk.

    Thanks for reading!
     
  2. auxioluck

    auxioluck Metal Teddy Bear

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    Jesus fuck, that is gorgeous.
     
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    Thanks Man, I'm like a proud papa.
     
  4. secretpizza

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    Beautiful, beautiful guitar. I have a similar Raptor 7 and I have played nothing better, no matter how many guitars I try. Good choices dude!
     
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    Might-is-Right As a Lion...

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    What a beautiful guitar. Congrats!!!
     
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    M3CHK1LLA angel sword guardian

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    beautiful guitar... congrats!

    what is the fret board radius?
     
  7. Flappydoodle

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    Beautiful guitar. And a great, detailed review too. I've also heard that Skervs don't sound good, but I think you're right - such is the problem when you have all sorts of different wood combinations and pickup combinations to choose from. People make choices which don't sound optimal. There are certain combinations which work - magohany/maple etc. Walnut is absolutely bright, but I find that it does give a nicely coloured high end rather than a horrible ice-picky ear-splitting high end. Compensating with amp settings will definitely bring it under control.

    I saw the photos and thought that lowest string is absolutely massive. A .70, damn.
     
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    Yes I'm definitely adjusting EQ for my bridge pickup first. I might even pick up an EQ pedal just for that pickup and turn it on and off so I don't have to goof with the amp every time I switch pickups.

    And ya the .70 Is pretty beefy, it doesn't have as much definition as the other strings but only slightly, i might try going slightly smaller incrementally to find the best sound/tension.
     
  9. Isurez

    Isurez Skervesen Guitars

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    HNGD!
    Fun fact but if I remember correctly neck was made of a 50 year old mahogany which was a staircase. I found it with Bogumil somewhere in Poland. :)
     
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    lewis SS.org Regular

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    holy.................

    25.5 scale for a 7 is surprising but still. Its stunning.
     
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    Hot! Its really good looking man
    I like 25.5" myself, If I ordered a skervy I would probably go for that.

    HNGD over and out!
     
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    That's awesome!
     
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    It has a very nice compound radius of 16" - 18"
     
  14. Albake21

    Albake21 "Just get a used Ibanez Prestige."

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    Stunning guitar, HNGD! As someone who plays in Drop G#, I've been wanting to give a 25.5" scale a try to see if it really does work. Happy to hear you find it perfectly playable.
     
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    No exaggeration, I actually find it better playing and more consistent than my old 26.5" scale. I guess that's what happens when you let the professionals set up your neck. I will admit the beefy .70 string has less definition than the rest of the strings though. I'm going to try a thinner one in the future and hope it still stays in tune well with no flop.
     
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    Albake21 "Just get a used Ibanez Prestige."

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    That's awesome to hear! Although that seems weird about the .70 having less definition. The thicker the gauge, the tighter it will be, hence having more clarity. I fell like the thinner you go the less definition you will have.
     
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    That would make sense to me too but my ears don't lie. They all have great tension but the other 6 strings have much more snap to them even after I changed up my amp EQ. Who knows maybe it's the pickups. It's not a deal breaker by any means it's just something I noticed.
     
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    I straight up prefer 25.5 as many people do. The change in tension is not that much but the wider fret spacing in the first few frets makes it uncomfortable to for me play 26.5's.

    Very nice guitar!
     
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    Happy NGD.

    You hit the nail right on the head regarding the complaints of the guitars not sounding good. I really disliked the sound of my raptor when I first got it. It wasn't god awful, but I was pretty bummed with the sound I was getting for how much I spent. It wasn't a poor build quality issue, it was a poor wood/pickup combination.

    I pulled out the A-bomb/VHII and put in a ragnarok set, and dropped the string gauge. I was having the same issue with my low string sounding boomy and less defined. Granted mine is a 6 and I had a 56 on the low string, but dropping the gauge completely fixed the issue. Totally changed the sound of the guitar. Pretty much nails the tone I was wanting, and much more fun to play.
     
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    Research is key when doing a build I've found out. They do amazing work, love your raptor BTW I've had a photo of it saved in my dream guitar folder for a while now.
     

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