Finally, the feel and tone I've been after! I played a Schecter Omen 7 with DiMarzio Deactivators that I bought used a few years ago (my first 7 string) and bought this Hellraiser as an upgrade. After shopping numerous models from Schecter, ESP, and Ibanez over the past year, I settled on this one, and could not be happier. I don't typically gush about the aesthetics of my toys, but this guitar is a thing of beauty. I put on some strap locks, plugged it into my rig (Orange Rockerverb 50 and Orange Dual Terror heads into a Mesa Recto 4x12 and Carvin 2x12), and fired it up. The first thing I noticed was a giant improvement in the low end clarity. I play mostly rhythm in my current band, and had never been able to get the mud out of the sound. Not any more! From drop Ab power chords to single note runs, it sounds alive at every range, and puts fire in my riffs. Harmonics and feedback are total ear candy. The feel of the neck is perfect, and the access to the upper range frets is sweet. This is my first guitar with active pickups, and from the sound of them, there's no going back. The switching and separate coil taps make for great tonal versatility. The fretwork and overall quality are high end. I'm very happy to have gotten such great value for the price. As always, my sales rep Ryan Murray did a top notch job on the delivery.