Members A_Gitarman Posted February 19, 2010 Members Share Posted February 19, 2010 I recently had an AL-2500 12-string come across my workbench & was VERY impressed with the workmanship; that was the final straw that drove my Agile GAS over the edge & I've finally succumb to the peer pressure here and picked one up! It's also my first 7-string (after ~30 years of playing)! *yeah, I know I didn't pull the sticker off of it yet first impressions: Out-of-the-box, it plays pretty well & the action is decent. The frets, though smooth and seemingly nice & level, are freakin' HUGE! Having only run it through my GuitarPort so far, I can't really comment on the pickups too much, but they seem to hold their own pretty well. Artificial harmonics jump off of this thing like none other. The hardware & other electronics seem like quality. Of course, the stock strings are junk, but I'm going to have to live with them for a few days until I can pick up a proper 7-pack. I'll also wait until that time to give it a proper set up, but action & intonation are already pretty close. As you can see by the third pic above, the bridge is raised a little high. The action seems pretty good, the strings aren't striking the back of the bridge, & the neck angle feels OK, so I'm not really sure if I'll do anything about that or not (shim the neck). The 3-way is a vintage-style job & needed some adjustment (ie, bending) so that it would make proper contact when set to the neck pickup (ironically, this is the same problem I had with my BC Rich Mockingbird Special... easy fix, though). There is one minor flaw in the finish along the bottom edge near the jack... I've seen worse on much more expensive guitars, though. The top is only a thin veneer. Either way, I don't care; my wife chose the finish/ color, I'm more concerned with how it plays/ sounds. Overall, I'm VERY pleased with my purchase & having a BLAST with the extra string. It's got me wondering why I didn't pick up a 7-stringer years ago! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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