Ibanez is consistently on the cutting-edge, eager to provide Prog. Metal and Metalcore musicians with 6, 7, 8 and even 9-string instruments designed to optimize the genres power and extreme sonic pala... Click To Read More About This Product
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Ibanez is consistently on the cutting-edge, eager to provide Prog. Metal and Metalcore musicians with 6, 7, 8 and even 9-string instruments designed to optimize the genres power and extreme sonic palate. Recently, they found a kindred spirit in this mission in UK-based Bare Knuckle Pickups.
Founded in 2003, Bare Knuckle has quickly amassed a glowing reputation for building 100% hand-made pickups from the finest, traditionally authentic materials for the discriminating guitarist. As certain models caught the attention of metal players for their tight, articulate sound, it did not go unnoticed by the Ibanez luthiers and so a new partnership began and the Uppercut Series was born.
The RGDs beveled body, contoured horn cuts, extra long 26.5 scale, and ability to accurately intonate heavier string gauges, make it the perfect sexy beast for down-tuned metal and the new Japanese-manufactured Ibanez Uppercut Series.
The RGD7UC is a 7-string low-end machine sporting a pair of matched Bare Knuckle Aftermath 7 pickups designed to deliver accelerated bass response for tracking high-speed staccato riffing, with increased focus in the mids, and superb high-end articulation.
Its unique Invisible Shadow finish envelopes a choice basswood body, fitted with a two-octave Wizard 7 neck and features an ebony fingerboard with Jumbo frets for added clarity. Hardware includes Gotoh MG-T locking tuners and the low-profile Tight End R 7 bridge, featuring wider intonation adjustment to fits down tuning demands. Comes factory tuned a full step down, A tuning. Hardshell case included.
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Comments about Ibanez RGD7UC Prestige Uppercut RGD Series 7 String Electric Guitar:
This is the first fixed bridge that I have bought in an electric. The guitar is built really well, the neck feels a bit thicker than usual 7 string wizard necks (Ibanez RG7620) and feels a bit wider, not sure if it actually is. String skipping and alternate picking chords is different than the regular old 7 string RG7620, but perhaps this is similar to newer guitars. The overall neck feels much more solid than older wizard necks. It plays really well. Setting the action very low to just when it would start to buzz a bit, there are NO frets that buzz more than others. The frets are dressed very evenly. I then changed the action to a bit higher. There was no need to put any shim in the neck or bridge to lower the string action. One thing though, the 7th string (bottom string) is tough to intonate, which is sort of normal.
One negative is that initially the guitar did no hold tuning and after checking I found the saddle intonation lock screws to be lose. I tightened them with the supplied Ibanez multitool, your normal everyday allen wrench may not work, esp the balled end ones. After tightening the tuning was great and held up for 90 minutes of playing.
Took the guitar out again after a few days, it was out of tune in a strange way. After tuning it went out of tune in 7 minutes. I checked everything and noticed that the bridge was very cold and the saddle locking screws were all totally lose. I think I will need to put some spring washer under the saddle lock screws to make these stable. Also handle with care, the paint is delicate.
The pickups are interesting, high and low side behave differently. Even better than Nazgul/Sentient, in my opinion, open, yet powerful, they have a big attack that takes some getting used to. Can hear all notes in distorted chords. Seem to have each pole tuned to respond to specific gauge.
Locking tuners lock strings not tuning (did not know that before). Great guitar.
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