The final decision - narrowed to two.

Discussion in 'Sevenstring Guitars' started by Codyyy, Nov 10, 2007.

Which guitar for my first 7?

  1. Ibanez RG1527

    35 vote(s)
    54.7%
  2. Schecter Loomis

    29 vote(s)
    45.3%
  1. Codyyy

    Codyyy The Flip-Flopper

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    Alright, this has been a rather long decision process, but I'm now narrowed down to two sevens to decide between. Each has their pros and cons, and I simply can't decide. So here it is, I rely upon you fine people :yesway:

    RG1527, or Loomis.

    and for those of you thinking something along the lines of ":wallbash: 7620!!", it's no so much that I'd prefer a new 7, but the fact that with a thin neck like that, I'd really rather a 5pc.

    The RG1527
    Pros:
    Great cutaway
    AANJ
    5pc neck
    I love the Edge Pro
    Passive PU's (ie: small route, easy to swap out)
    I consider it the sexier of the two :wub:
    Oh, and it comes with a nice hardshell case

    Cons:
    Basswood body
    pickups may need to be swapped
    Ibanez paint job (chips easier)


    The Loomis
    Pros:
    Good wood/PU combo (bright ash/maple with somewhat meaty 707's)
    strong neck
    still good looking

    Cons:
    Thin neck would be better
    fret access not as good
    finished neck
    only real PU swap would be Blackout 7's
    no hard case
    no tone knob

    Alright, all that said, you're welcome to correct me if I've made any mistakes in my comparison. Comments on playability would be very helpful because I've only been able to play very similar guitars (RG7321/C7 Hellraiser), but not these guitars themselves.

    Just help me decide, and the next thread you will see will be a picstory :wavey:
     
  2. Matt08642

    Matt08642 SS.org Regular

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    You seem to want the 1527 more, so you should go for that.

    I'd get the Loomis personally, but just because I hate the 1527 neck.
     
  3. Apophis

    Apophis Banned

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    As I see 1527 will be better for your needs
     
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    +1 Ibby necks are too thin for me
     
  5. Metal Ken

    Metal Ken Hates the Air Contributor

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    If the 1527's were still priced with 2004 prices, i'd say get two. But considering, i'd opt for the loomis.

    As far as the 7620 neck being 1 piece... i have an almost 18 year old Universe with a 1 piece neck that's holding up great.
     
  6. Codyyy

    Codyyy The Flip-Flopper

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    forgot to add the poll.

    I usually don't find Ibanez thin necks to be my preference, but I've played a few of their 7's, and I've found that the thinness makes the switch from 6 easier.

    Also I'd just like to add that this is almost a 'test the waters' 7 for me. I think I will get to love 7's, but who knows until I spend a long time with one? That's why for this purchase I've decided against a Carvin, too much for a first 7 with too low of a resale value. It doesn't need to be perfect, but I'd like to get a good amount of guitar for the money.

    Thanks for the replies so far!
     
  7. Plaschkes

    Plaschkes Israeli 8 Stringer Contributor

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    The answer to your question is quite clear to me.

    Get them both. :yesway:

    On a more serious note, sounds like the 1527 is more to your liking feel wise, and like the Loomis is more to your liking tone and wood wise, so all you have to do is sit down and decide which of the two is more important to you.
     
  8. djpharoah

    djpharoah Awwww Yeaaaah Super Moderator

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    I think the one factor you didnt look at is scale length. (25.5 vs 27)

    Are you going to be detuning? Do you like heavy gauge/light gauge??
     
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    The Loomis is a 26.5" scale. It does sound like you are leaning more towards the Ibby, but I don't think you could go wrong either way. Personally i would go with the Loomis, hell I did, but if you want the thinner neck maybe the Ibanez is for you. I used to have a 98' 7620 without the skunk stripe. I had it for 7 years with no issues with the neck. I prefer the Loomis by far over the 7620. I do still love Ibanez guitars though and am thinking about picking up a 1527 myself. The high fret access on the Loomis is not as good as the Ibby but i think the Loomis wins in every other area IMO. Ash body, maple neck and board and 707's make for an awesome sound. I also love the look of the satin finish and maple board. As for the finished neck with the satin finish it feels like an unfinished neck. Definately doesn't get sticky like a normal painted neck. Also I prefer a real Floyd although the Edge pro and Lo Pro edge are great trems as well.
     
  10. Lucky Seven

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    Get the 1527. The pickups are really the only thing stopping it from being a great sounding guitar. It costs less money, which means you have more money left over to spend on those really awesome deals that always seem to pop up right after you buy something expensive.
     
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    Plus didn't Mike recently say that the Loomis he played felt very close to his Jackson custon shop 7?
    that right there is enough for me to want one.
     
  12. Codyyy

    Codyyy The Flip-Flopper

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    No it's not, they're the same price :(

    Reading some review of the Loomis, the guy said that the Floyd was really stiff.

    That makes me totally reminisce about my Jackson Dk2M's lic. Floyd (not good at all), plus no flutter :(

    Does yours flutter at all?
     
  13. Leon

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    you shouldn't need to worry about the "strength" of the Ibanez neck, as a few have said. there's a reason why Ibanez is known for their thin necks, because they've figured out how to make them thin without compromising strength.

    that said, and coming from a guy with 6 Ibby's, get the Loomis. OFR-7 + non-basswood + 26.5" scale = :yesway:
     
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    Wait really? Oh. I guess I was thinking about my 7620.
     
  15. Codyyy

    Codyyy The Flip-Flopper

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    Oh yeah, also someone here said the Loomis "wasn't a shred guitar". I think that was only because of the thick neck, but I'd be interested to know if there were any other reasons.
     
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    I said that :)

    Neck is thicker, but not unplayable in shred of course, Loomis shreds in Nevermore. But compared to typical shred guitars (like Ibanez PGM) is more like guitars for heavy riffs.

    Malmsteen shreds with Fender so you can with Loomis :) But as mentioned neck is thicker plus scale is longer. If you're ready go for it :)

    Loomis is my personal preference, I would buy it if I were you, but we all can olny giving advices, the choice is always yours :)
     
  17. ibznorange

    ibznorange Chief Officer/RHLC © Contributor

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    go 1527. cleary, im something of an ibanez fanboy, (hi five to stitch) but i still like other brands (Sac-tap to stich). You save some money off of the loomis and use it for pickups man. Besides, if you like the skinnier neck, the longer neck could be a touch of a pain too, but i dont imagine too bad. so really its up to you, but just looking at your pro con list it seems thats the way to go.
    you could always get a stripeneck 7620 too lol
     
  18. Codyyy

    Codyyy The Flip-Flopper

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    They're both $900, I don't save money either way.
     
  19. ibznorange

    ibznorange Chief Officer/RHLC © Contributor

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    well my mistake.
    in that case, pick what you prefer. just remember, if you go ibby, and you dont like the sound, you can always swap pups.
    regardless, pick what you like best
     
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    get the loomis...
    u WILL love it .. :yesway:
     

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