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cosmitron2 06/09/2012

Ibanez ARZ307 : cosmitron2's user review

«  A great surprise »

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The specs on the fly are:
24 fret mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard, scale 25 "
Mahogany body
1 volume / 1 tone
2 HB Ibanez Liabilities
Tune O Matic Chrome
Ibanez Chrome Gotoh mechanical way.
Available only in black in Europe (available in finishing FM> Flame Maple Top in the U.S. and Fapon)

Indonesian factory in April 2011.
The peculiarity of the model is to be one of the only Singlecut "Les Paul inspired" 7-string on the market (apart from a Epiphone LP7 which is no longer manufactured and is currently an LTD EC 407 EMG).


The lightness of the guitar is rather significant and unlike other seven strings of the same class tend to pitch down, the balance of this ARZ307 is ideal.
The junction body handle body allows access to acute copy. The handle, rather late in the 7-string kind, proves easy and fun to play.
The pitch of 25 "long adds to overall comfort but, in return, can alienate fans of low tunings.
The simplicity of the bridge has been proven, the settings are quickly provided we know how to do it.


Most 7 strings are for lovers of big win metal and are often provided for the purpose of EMG. I wanted a 7 string I can get sounds like clean / crunch-rock classic.
The ARZ307 seemed a good candidate even if that share its passive pickups, so replaceable by something other than the EMG. The pleasant surprise is that the pickups Ibanez which it is equipped proved very satisfactory in the register in which I move.
Plugged in my Cornford Roadhouse 30 (without any effect), the ARZ offers a rather bright for its full of mahogany, although it remains far from the sparkle of a Les Paul.
The equilibrium low / medium / high is rather significant, especially in group mix.
The bridge and neck positions get away with the honors, but the intermediate position has left me somewhat unsatisfied.


After acquiring my first 7 string, an RG 7620, I continued my quest with a 7 and a LTD Viper LTD EC407. I have a crush on this ARZ307 for its price and because it seemed to me a good base to upgrade. Until now it shows me that I was right. It has become my favorite in no time.
The pleasant surprise is that she is doing rather well at the base.
I now use it for a month with as much happiness always. She undergoes a full electronics, knob, switch and mic especially: a set of Bare Knuckle Riff Raff 7, which provide all the finesse and gravel as I hoped.
The tuners and bridge work but still seem cheap. This is certainly the weak point of this guitar. But given the ridiculous price of the instrument (even new), this detail does detract from the value for money of this ARZ307 unlikely.