I chose this over the Ibanez RG7420, both because of the price and a friend's recomendation. I absolutely love this guitar. Simply install new pickups (at least at the bridge position), and this is the absolute BEST value on a 7-string.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $250.00 (new)
Where Obtained: www.music123.com
US-made. 7 string. 24 jumbo frets, comes with .009s, so if you change your gauge of strings, be sure to adjust the bridge tension accordingly. Two knobs; one tone, one volume, with a coil tap switch. Three pickups; H/S/H, five-way toggle switch. Double cutaway body, beautiful finish. Locking nut, Floyd Rose trem.
The neck is fat, but thin, so it's easy to play fast. With the standard pickups, if you set your action too low, you get a slight buzz, especially at the lower string, and especially with a light gaug set of strings. Other than that, it's tip-top.
I use a 212 wat Crate amp, and lotsa boss effects. It plays just great through my setup and handles HEAVE distortion well. I use it for metal, funk, and fusion; this axe gets the job done. Very diverse timbre, depending on the pickups you use. I installed three new DiMarzio Blaze pckups in it, and that totally got the buzz out. With the standard pickups, you get a lot of electrical noise.
I haven't had it for long enough to test the durability, but I haven't had an problems at all with it.