Made In: Korea
Specs: Alder body with ash top, maple neck, rosewood fretboard
Electronics: 2 x Duncan Designed pickups, passive circuit
Controls: Volume, tone, 3-way switch
I’ve log been a disciple of the sound of a downtuned guitar and picked up a H-207 in the early 2000’s to see what the fuss was over seven-string guitars. These were pretty cheap at the time but surprisingly good for the money. I could never find a set of strings with balanced tension, though. The B was always looser than it should have been. Every set I found should have had a heavier B but it was a minor quibble in the grand scheme of things. I never really settled on a seven, finding sixes more suitable to what I play and what my hands like. In the end, I just went back to tuning down six-strings and eased it on out the door. Nice guitar, all the same.
Made In: Korea
Specs: Mahogany body, three-piece mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard
Electronics: Seymour Duncan SH4 & SH2N pickups, passive crcuit
Controls: Volume x2, tone, 3-way switch
A flying V isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but I do have a soft spot for them. I picked this up a couple of years ago in a trade and, I have to say, I have a lot of time for this guitar. This is the LTD version of Dave Mustaine’s ESP signature model. It’s a low-frills affair, but despite being the budget brand it’s high quality from one end to the other. As the ends taper to sharp points, it’s huge, almost as big as a bass. I think it’s quite understated for the type of guitar it is, but that might just be me.
As ever, you can’t go wrong with a JB pickup and that’s the cornerstone of this guitar, a great start. There’s a Jazz in the neck, probably Seymour Duncan’s best selling combination of pickups. A Tonepros bridge at one end and Sperzel locking tuners at the other means it stays in tune until you need to change strings. The Dunlop straplocks are sunk into the body, another nice touch.
The neck is chunkier than you’d expect. It’s not a 50’s style neck by any means, but there’s a lot more meat to it than many contemporary Metal guitars. Tonally, it’s a well voiced rock guitar which can go a lot dirtier if it needs to. It’s nice to play, the action can go very low without problems and, if a V rocks your boat, these are well worthy of consideration.
Clockwise from top left: Edwards E-FV-100STD, LTD DV8-R, Bacchus T-Master, Bacchus G-Player, Charvel So-Cal, Bacchus Empire, Tokai ES-130, Bacchus BST62, Steinberger GR4, Eggle TI Legend, BC Rich Stealth, Bacchus Duke, Charvel Predator, Warmoth Strat, Ibanez Destroyer DT-380