UV7PWH arrived.

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  1. Drew

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    Got this thing in the mail last night, early.

    first off, it looks badass. It's more of a creme color than pictures usually show, and to top it off, this one's body has taken loads of abuse over the years (it's a '91), and there's something sexy about beat up old white guitars- probably has something to do with the fact that I was a strat lover from way back, but this thing is HOT. :)

    Tonally, I'm floored- it's acoustically deeper and more resonant than my 7620, and I'm loving the blazes, particularly the bridge. They're a bit scooped, but my Nomad is such a mid-y amp that the resulting tone is actually quite balanced- it's very reminiscent of ALS-era Vai, but not quite- it's DAMN close to the tone I hear in my head, though. It's thick, it's chunky, and unlike my 7620 (tone zone in the bridge), it actually has treble- rock! But, once again, the Nomad (the way I've got it dialed up, anyhow) is dark enough that it;s still pretty smooth.

    I'll get some pictures over the weekend, and hope to do some recording soon, but this thing kills- it's going to be a little while yet before I get used to the non-AANJ heel and the smaller fretwire, but this thing sounds heavier than god and plays like a dream. I'm pretty psyched. :)

    -D
     
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    Cool. :)

    Yup: Pickguard + old heel = Better sounding RG/JEM, IMO. :D
     
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    Like i said on the ERG Forums..

    If you decide to be rid of the 7620 Vampire Kiss.

    <-------------------------- :D :D :D
     
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    Yeah dude, the UV7PWH Is badass. Once you get it set up, it will own without remorse.
     
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    I am detecting a certain lack of remorse on the part of the UV, now that you mention it, Hatebreeder.

    You know, Toshiro, I was wondering that myself- a lot of high-end botique sort of guys bash guitars with pickguards, saying "why would you want all that plastic robbing your tone?" But I'm starting to wonder- both the UV and my strat sound more "alive" than my 7620, and I'm wondering if the guard has something to do with it. When you get right down to it, I'm not sure having direct-mounted pickups is such a good idea- sure, that means there's no vibration lost between them and the body wood, but is that really such a good idea? Remember, the pickups are onlydetecting vibration relative to themselves. Having them isolated from the vibration could, conversely, actually make them more attuned to it.

    Or maybe it's just having all that extra wood cut out gives it more acoustic guitar like resonance. Who knows- I'm sold either way. :)

    pics up at www.extendedrangeguitar, but I'll update them here, too.

    -D
     
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    I'm basing it on my RG760/750 hybrid. It sounded okay when it had no pickguard, but wasn't near as nice as my 750(in avatar :)). After I routed it out, it sounded much better to me.

    I think my 7620 might've had a bit more sustain, but it never sounded like my RG750s do. The extra mass in the neck was nice, though. :) I guess I should've bought a UV7PBK when I got my 7, since it has everything I want/like. Bah, I'll save up for one down the road.

    I really like that white with pyramids look though Drew, it's sweet. :)
     
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    I do too- it's surprisingly tasteful, still very Vai-esq, but you don't feel like an idiot picking it up.

    If you think it looks sweet, you should hear how it sounds- anyone wanna host a sound clip for me? :55, about 850kb...? :)

    -D
     
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    Which channel on your Nomad was that? I'm starting to think I need one of those babies!
     
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    Thanks, Elysian! :hbang:

    That was Channel 3. I know the lead was in Vintage, and I'm pretty sure (but not 100% positive) the rhythm was as well.

    Settings were roughly as follows-

    Lead:

    Gain 4-4.5
    treble 4
    mid 7
    bass4
    presence 0

    Rhythm:

    Gain 4-4.5
    Treble 6.5
    mid 5
    bass 4
    presence about 5.

    This guitar really doesn't need a hell of a lot of gain- for comparison, I usually ran it at nearly 6 for my RG, and that's a pretty substantial change in gain structure. It still sounds pretty sick when you boost the gain that high, but I like the clarity the lower gain affords.

    -D
     
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    A white pearloid or tortoiseshell pickguard would look really hot on that guitar.
     
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    forgot to mention- I also cut this one without a bass, as I'm currently bass-less.

    Darren- I kinda like the simplicity of it as it is, very stratocaster-like, but I'm intrigued... I bet a blue abalone guard would look REALLY hot on a 777BK, though... :)

    -D
     
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    Blue with the cream, rosewood and cosmo black hardware? Meh. I don't think that'd look so hot. Maybe red pearloid. But not blue.

    EDIT: (Whoops... i misread your post... you were talking about blue abalone on a black UV.)
     
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    Black Diamond-Plate pickguard! J/K :p
     
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    Vintage tortoiseshell:
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    Vintage pearloid:
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    Silver/blue fake shell:
    [​IMG]
     
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    The blue shell looks very nice, IMO.
     
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    Darren, should've known you'd roll in here with some photoshop work... ;)

    The vintage tortoiseshell looks pretty red on this end, and surprisingly it's not a half bad look. I think I'll still leave this one stock (I like how understated it is), but that's interesting.

    -D
     
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    Yeah, i'm just not a huge fan of white pickguards on a faded white/cream body.
     
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