It has active emgs installed.. and the scale length is perfect IMO. I generally prefer it over 26.5". The case is included with a nice locking strap too. . Worst case scenario I dont like it I can make all my money back through a resale... the only thing that would make it a perfect guitar would be a tremolo... I had wanted a 7 string Ibanez with a trem for a long ,long while already, and truth be told, it's not that I cant save up for a brand new guitar, I just rather not. I set my budget at $400, the only other decent guitars in my range were either a used C7 hellraiser , or an Ibanez S7420 , Indonesian made .. a Prestige with a case seemed like the best choice .. and yes it's too late because I picked it up just now and it looks even better in person . The routing isnt perfect, but besides that it pretty much looks flawless . It needs a minor setup which I will get to after drop my wife off at work ....it sounds amazing and plays excellent even with it needing some minor tweaking . SOO... Happy new guitar day to me !