oh hey, guess what I got. pointy guitars. An Ormsby Metal X7 and a 1985 Kramer Striker Voyager 500st. Pics first, since that's all anyone cares about lol Ormsby Metal X7 Kramer Voyager Metal X7 SPECS BODY: Swamp Ash, with a Premium Flame Maple veneer top scale: 25.5" - 27.8" Multiscale NECK: Laminated Rock Maple, set neck NECK SHAPE: 19.6 @ 1st - 21 @ 17th revised D shape AKA "thin U" FRETBOARD: Ebony FRETWIRE: Jumbo Stainless Steel INLAY: Z pattern dots SIDE DOTS: Luminlay HARDWARE COLOUR: Black BRIDGE + MACHINEHEADS: Custom Ormsby bridge and locking tuners ELECTRONICS: 500k Volume, 500k Tone with Push/Pull + 3 way toggle switch PICKUPS: Bizzard Ceramic Bridge humbucker, Concordia A5 Neck humbucker FINISH: Gloss (satin neck finish) Body dimensions (thickness): 44mm. For comparison, Jacksons, Ibanez RG, Fender Strats, etc are generally 47mm. HARDWARE The bridges are custom made for us to exacting tolerances, using a variety of materials proven for longevity and tone. O-ring knobs fitted to the pots allow for a nice grip if you get all sweaty on stage TONE Our new Blizzard model Humbucker (14k approximate DC resistance) features pride of place in the bridge position, with a Concordia A5 (8.2k approximate DC resistance) in the neck. Both of these pickups are made to our own specifications by our partners in Korea. 500k pots for volume, a 3 way toggle, and 500k push/pull tone pot for coil splitting. Bone nut. My thoughts on the Metal X7 Fit/Finish : There’s some verrrry minor scratching/swirling to the clear coat, likely from the buffing process. Not a big deal to me. The only real issue is a small ding to the clear coat on the back of the body. Surprisingly there’s no finish issues on the hard/sharp edges, which is where I would expect them to happen first. The dragon burst color is gorgeous in person, with the dark blue body, natural faux binding and the subtle fading of violet towards the hot pink center. Sound- I need more time to really put the pickups through their paces and see what they can do. I’m not really a fan at the moment, and I think the hot rock/de la crème set is a far more versatile set. Anyways, here's a vid showing off some of the sounds I got with the pickups: I’ll update the thread with more clips later in the week. Comfort/Ergonomics/Balance- I think the guitar is quite comfortable, especially in the classical position. The body is surprisingly small (as in smaller than my other star shapes). The rear cutaway is just big enough to comfortably cradle my leg in the classical position. This actually works out wonderfully since the guitar’s shape positions the neck at around 45 degrees or so, which is perfect for me. The balance is great in the classical position, but not anywhere near as good in the non-classical position/”traditional” position. Upper fret access is excellent. I was able to get my big ole meathooks all the way up to the 24th fret with ease consistently. The output jack is in the same location as the goliath, which may or may not be your thing. In other words, it’s on the back of the top horn, and they used a standard strat style jack. It doesn’t get in my way sitting down or standing. The only issue is that the body is so damn light that the guitar wants to neck dive like crazy if you don’t rest your forearm on the upper wing. Resting your forearm on the upper wing completely mitigates the neck dive, though I’m sure a different strap pin position up near the neck would also help. Kramer Striker/Voyager 100st Scale: 25.5" pickups: guitar madness alnico pickups of some sort. Very beefy sounding and work great for thrashy riffage trem: floyd rose special tuners: grover hardware: chrome, barring the one black knob fingerboard: rosewood body wood: fuck if I know finish: glossy white, in pretty good shape for a guitar that’s 35 years old. Only a few dings/chips on the wings/edges. Neck is kind of a skinny C shape Sound clips: https://www.instagram.com/p/B2rBvPAnXuC/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link https://www.instagram.com/p/B2kRRiEH9bs/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link Ergonomics/balance/comfort: I love star shaped guitars, they're typically very comfortable, and this one is no exception. The input jack is located on the lower horn of the rear cutaway, just like my charvel and jackson stars. Perfect spot for a right angle jack if you play sitting imo. Upper fret access is excellent, even for my big hands. The guitar stays where I put it, with no real balance issues in the classical position. It's a bit ass heavy in a non-classical position, so there's a tendency for the neck to tip up.