Skervesen Raptor 8 FF

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  1. AboutBlank

    AboutBlank SS.org Regular

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    So, after owning the guitar for about 4+ months I thought a review would be a good thing and I could do atleast something a bit useful for someone, while my flu will not disappear...

    The reason for placing my order at Skervesen was pure aesthetic based.
    I'm not the "GAS'ing for every guitar out there" typ but when I first saw a Raptor it stuck in my head and not faded away.
    I looked a long time into production guitars and semi-customs(Carvin etc.) but knew that these designs wouldn't make me as happy as a Raptor(not to mention the specs I was looking for).
    So, after thinking about the justification of owning a custom the whole summer I placed my order and paid the deposit on the first october 2013.

    Specs:
    - extra light swamp ash body, chambered
    - 26"-28"
    - poplar burl top, satin finish
    - maple neck with walnut filling and rosewood middle
    - ebony fretboard
    - hipshot tuners
    - ABM single saddles
    - Nailbomb + VHII

    Build time was qouted 4-5 months(order form), received the guitar around the 20th june.

    The guitar is exactly how I wanted it to be, I felt comfortable from the first second and loved the "woody" feel the most.
    I'm not a fan of inches thick lacquer, I like to feel the guitar and not the finish, if you get what I mean...

    The guitar is extreme light, balance suffers a bit but that was logic(long scale, light body, in-line tuners) and no turnoff as I'm playing most of the time sitting.
    She's resonant and rather on the bright side, due to the material choice, but that was intended because I like it better to dial in the amp rather dark.
    There are two SLIGHT bumps on the neck, barely noticeable. The neck shape is awesome, very ergonomic and totally pleasing.
    The neck pocket could be tighter on the treble side, not a biggie but noticeable.
    The 2" fan took me little to no time to adjust, only on the higher frets it was a little bit funky.
    I'm messing atm with the pickup height as I'm not totally happy, but that's personal preference. As a EMG guy it was a big change, but well worth it, really into those BKP's, fine pup's. Bitchy things to set up, though.

    All in all, still totally happy with the guitar. Would have loved some things during the process, for example a realistic delivery date, that was the thing that bugged me the most.
    No problem if it takes longer if it is communicated right(or atleast mentioned). And some other minor things.
    But the contact itself was very nice, friendly and settled every question I had. Maciek seems to be a cool dude.
    I would order again(and might do so in the future). And I think returning customers speak in favour for every company.


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    jamesfarrell Use to Djent

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    Holy crap.
    Can you post a full frontal horizontal? :scream:
     
  3. Alex Kenivel

    Alex Kenivel Stunt Guitar

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    Fuck the flu! I had it so bad last season. Get better and HNGD.
     
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    Yeah, shitty stuff! Thanks man.

    Updated the first post.
     
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    Scruffy1012 BMOD

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    The green looks amazing, sweet guitar dude, HNGD!
     
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    lewstherin006 SS.org Regular

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    Congrats bro this is one of the better skerveys I have seen!
     
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    AliceLG \m/^_^\m/

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    Holy fvcking green beauty my GAS is going through the roof!

    If it had an arched top I would find out where you live :lol:
     
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    TKOA-Dex Master of Thall

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    This is my exact dream guitar. I hate you because I will never own this. Cx

    Seriously though, happy NGD! SO ENVIOUS!!!

    I guess I am green with envy. :p
     
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    Thx, hope this thread comes not around as "fishing for compliments", just wanted to share my thoughts...

    Don't say never.

    When I opened the case I was worried for a second that the green is a little to dark for my taste, took the guitar to the window and immediately calmed down, colour was spot on but needed decent lighting.
    That second, though:ugh:

    Forgot to mention the tuning I mostly use:
    The first 6 strings(hi to low) are in dropped Db the seventh is G# and the eight' is F(mostly, sometimes D# but I don't like it THAT low).

    I use D'addario 0.10-0.52 with additional .64 and .74.
    Lately tested all the main brands again(GHS, Ernie) and found out that I'm still a D'addario guy. Also think that the shrink-wrap is, apart from the feel that I prefer on D'addarios, the way to go(especially when you bulk buy, as I do).
     
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    Absolutely stunning, So much love for Skervesens. And that green looks awesome surprisingly tasteful for such a loud colour! HNGD!!!

    And Sorry, but is it me.. Or is the lowest string saddle at a slight angle? Is this intentional?
     
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    You're right, all of them(mainly the lowest 4 ones) are slighty angled imo, the lowest one is the most obvious, though.

    I think it's fine tuning the string spacing, but I could be wrong.
     
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    They do progressive string spacing so the saddles are not exactly the same width apart. this compensates for string gauges.
     
  13. Dominoes282

    Dominoes282 Mixing Engineer

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    Does this happen to be Josh Travis?

    Anyways, Jollyrancher Green Burl is now a thing, so that means we are now closer to perfection as a species. Awesome guitar.
     
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    Seems like one of modern day babylon's skervies. So powerful GAS attack...
     
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    MAJ Meadows SF on a tone quest

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    Awesome! Love the color. HNGD!
     
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    Eliguy666 Holy shit I've been inactive for awhile

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    To explain the tilted saddles: the saddles are angled so that the string pull through them is straight. I've never seen it done before, and the look is weird, but it makes sense as a design thing.

    Very nice guitar, especially the top.
     
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    Beautiful! I can't wait til you want another one and sell it to me! :hbang:
     
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    Not Josh Travis.

    Looked for the Jollyrancher stuff, the colour is as hot as the candy seems injurious :)

    Ah, good to know, thanks!

    In fact, the only thing I could think of is to get pretty much the same guitar but with 7 strings(and a white foggy ground where the green rises through finish :) ) , getting more and more to the conclusion that 7 is enough for me.
    Otherwise, the 8th string doesn't disturb. ;)
     

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