6 Strings or 7 Strings? Which AXE to slay the BEAST
From all the different types of necks out there I prefer the flat thin profile. Although I have not tried it, I would think the wizard neck on the Ibanez is what I am looking for. I used to own a Godin Multiac it had a very nice shaped neck that also had the unfinished wood feel. I crave this type of neck, thin, wide, and fast no glossy/sticky finish.
I was looking at the Stephan Forte Signature LAG model, this is an awesome guitar. I love the low profile body on this guitar with a wicked fast shredding neck. I was up last night surfing guitars and made an interesting discovery, the Ibanez Frank Gambale's S series from 1987. Take a look at the features and you will see that the LAG guitar is like a twin brother, judge for yourself... pictures below.
Stephan Forte Signature LAG: Shredders Dream Guitar
The "Stéphan Forté Signature" guitar represents the top of LAG craftsmanship and achieved innovating guitar concept. The most particular features of this guitar are the 27 easy-accessible frets, combined with a totally profiled and sculpted body.
10 last frets are scalloped for bend-easy-access, and neck contour is perfectly adapted to high-speedy-playing ! ( thickness: 19 - 21 mm )
Scale: 648 mm
Neck / Body Junction: Sculpted for high-notes easy-access
Headstock: Reversed and uses 7-high-precision Lag machine-heads
Woods: Neck comes from a tight-grained Rock maple piece from Quebec
Fingerboard: Selected African deep-black Ebony
Body: Fine-Flamed-Maple top on a light Basswood body base ( 50 / 50% )
Wood-binding enhances the slim body-shape with the natural flamed-grain of the maple-top.
Tremolo: Original US Floyd Rose built in 7-strings version, loud and deep sustain guaranteed
Electronics: DiMarzio Evolution-7 and Blaze pickups for extraordinary power and tone, intense overdriven response, but with deep clarity and string definition. 1 master volume, close to finger-touch, 1 master tone with push-pull split-control, leads from deep fast sounds to clearest tones.
The pickup-5-way switch is positioned at the last end of the index-finger, with circle-action, following perfectly finger movement !This switch allows all pickups combinations, including single-coil sounds with push-pull humbuckers-splits. All electronics routings are protected by Lag Exclusive Graphite painting, all hum and noises are totally eliminated.
Finish: Exclusive Black shadow varnish, with deep see-through black nuances, front and rear. Rear electronics and tremolo panels are made in solid-profiled maple, black-satin varnished.
Below: Ibanez FGM Frank Gambale Series:
Above: The Frank Gambale Series - FGM 400QM
Above: The FGM 300 in Metallic Green and Desert Yellow Sun
Above: The FGM 200 in Black and White
FGM 100 (1991～1994)
Body: Sculpted Ultra thin offset double cutaway Mahogany
Neck: One piece maple, 22 fret Rosewood fingerboard Color matched "Shark tooth" inlay
Hardware: Black Hardware, 6 in line tuners and double locking vibrato.
Pickup：DiMarzio Super Distortion /Ibanez Single Coil / Ibanez Humbucker
Control: Volume, tone, 5 way selector switch
Color: Desert Sun Yellow, Pink Salmon & Sky Blue
FGM 200 (1994～1996)
Neck: Clay dot inlay
Pickup：DiMarzio Super Distortion x2 /DiMarzio HS-3
Hardware: Gotoh fixed bridge
Color: Black & White
FGM 300 (1994～1996)
Neck: Pearl "Shark tooth" inlay
Hardware: Double locking vibrato
Color: Desert Yellow Sun & Metallic Green
FGM 400 (1997～1999)
Neck: Pearl block "Frank Gambale Signature" at 12th fret
Pickup: DiMarzio Super Distortion /DiMarzio Fast Truck x2
Color: Blazer Blue & Quilted Top Maple