I got this axe in the UK (most convenient for me as I am a UK resident) in Wycombe. A little shop called Percy Priors that do mostly Ibanez, ESP and BC Rich. I got it brand new for £99. I got it because I was looking to buy a seven string guitar to give me more notes to play around with when writing new songs.
Pickups - Two humbucking pickups, which for stock pickups have really nice tone and really hot output with almost no noise. I merely have to touch the string to get a screaming pinch harmonic.
Neck - The neck is wider than normal (obviously) but isn't very deep. It's nice and shallow which I like very much. I find it comfortable.
Headstock - Good quality machineheads. I think the reverse headstock looks damn cool.
Keeps tuning well. Had to adjust intonation a bit, action is about right.
No tremolo bridge and only a three way selector, but the pickups can be easily done.
It stays in tune well, feels like a lot of care and attention was put into it. Its not fragile. Sound great for the price.
I love it to bits. I don't know if i'll buy another guitar, i'll just change machine heads and pickups and change the wiring. The woodwork is amazing
I was looking for a 7 string for doing covers of Sepultura ... but for a limited budget.
Generally the violin of this guitar is good for the price and nice handle.
1st Tap ... disappointment, bad contacts on the jack of the guitar ...
For sound, you can not make big sound despite my ENGL amp and my big speaker, the sound lacked body.
My decision -> repeat electronics (jack, knobs ...) and ESPECIALLY ...-> put a microphone SEYMOUR DUNCAN "Invader" in the bridge position ... and then, my friends, my friends laughed musicians less when I came back by repeating the following mods -> BIG SOUND !!! We could finally make the big metal
I think that is only my opinion, I would say that this guitar is good but it is imperative to provide redo the electronics and replace at least the bridge pickup.
For the price I must admit that I expected a bit, but the first test by repeating was a disappointment ... as far as the 2nd was a nice surprise (after mods)
I've had a lease ... and nothing has changed still as nickel.
24 frets, 648mm (fork fender), attachment bolt on neck so jeff beck stratocaster, with mechanical reverse head that do not move even the third.
2 doubles and split-screwed right into the body, a long adjustable bridge so ok for a bit below.
Frets not too large and small landmarks chicos. The chamfer to the forearm is typical fender, for those with a sombrero and scratching under the armpit ... not terrible.
Mine is anthracite metallic, very chic, head attached. Crafted in china, very well done.
It was quite expensive for the final time, even when past 600 roros
Used since the bottle at 7 wizard I was very surprised by the Stagemaster, because the profile is extra. D end and less than the wizard, and the key is also more rounded.
Mimines ok so small, even by an inch above no problemo.
Razibus string action, remarkable and has not moved in 8 years, and I'm on this 7 in standard tuning with over 60 011 to 52 in seven ... This means the quality of this sleeve.
Compared with the wizard it is more natural, and the guitar sounds more open, less serious than my rg7321 compressed, so the result is more intelligible.
The neck pickup is extra, I split the coil side handle and slap it very enjoyable to clean / crunch.
I set up a capacitor on the volume, 270picof, and it is a wonder to clarify the lowering of its 2-3 while I'm on a channel HiGain.
The bridge pickup I know, I had a DiMarzio custom7 of 1990 has surprises in my mailbox and I rode him out of curiosity and never touched since it's so good.
Splitted and the two microphones are no background noise but give a delicious grain for blueser and funker.
In short I love it!
At least 8 years, I've always been very happy with this Stagemaster 7.
It is not even said that the original bridge pickup is average, I remember.
Aging as well with such a string-bending, without artifice (or handle multipart carbon graphite or titanium reinforcement, nothing) speaks volumes about the quality of wood used in manufacturing.
I found a general feeling (strength, varnish) similar to the classic '50s vibe of the brand, and a kingpin of acoustic fender, both made in china. I think they come from the same subcontractor, and its just great news!
A word ...
The handle is nice for a 7-string, a little introduction for the extra string and automation hop back ...
Access to acute is very easy, this type of guitar solos in the easy end of the shaft ...
Ergonomics nice, classic shape with a design strat more hard ...
To see the section below ...
I use this guitar for 6 months now, the purchase became mandatory at the time to take pieces of neo and other groups such as Children tune ...
Like most 7-string, it's hard to be very hard to see, I use a JCM 900 with a metal zone distortion type
The other guitarist in my group uses for its an ibanez 7 strings, the guitar actually has the original sound of the 7-string (hehe) but after some adjustments at the amp (accuentation bass and gain), our sound is the same pretty much ...
As I have said six months of use ... this guitar satisafit me fully in view of its purchase price (- 200 Euros) ... all that is expected of a 7-string is in this guitar ...
For more demanding then I think of course this guitar an Ibanez but not be ashamed of its rivals ...