The Meshuggah Guitarchive: 7 String Guitars


Meshuggah are most widely known as the instigators of the modern mass-produced 8 string guitar, but were also a driving influence in the emerging popularity of the 7 string as well during the late 90′s. Their transition from post-thrash to extreme progressive metal on early albums None, Destroy Erase Improve and Chaosphere were fueled by Ibanez 7 string guitars, and these represent a handful of those guitars responsible in shaping Meshuggah’s early signature sound.

Fredrik Thordendal’s 1990 Ibanez Universe UV7BK, s/n 000105

Notes:  This is Fredrik’s first main 7 string, and is among the earliest of UV’s made with the original Edge 7, before they quickly changed to using the new Lo-Pro Edge 7. This guitar was used on Contradictions Collapse. The body had been covered in various different tape & sticker decorating at different times in the past, but is now back to it’s original, stock state except for the black knobs.

Mårten Hagstrom’s Nevborn 7, no s/n

Scale: 26″
Neck: 2pc Maple neck-through, flamed maple headstock overlay
Fingerboard: Stained rosewood, med-jumbo frets, “t-blade” inlay at frets 2-3
Body: Alder wings
Finish: Charcoal stain, oiled
Pickups & Elec: single Lundgren M7 prototype, single 500k volume
Misc. Hardware: black Lo-Pro trem and lock nut, Sperzel tuners
Notes: Swedish luthier Fredrik Nevborn was commissioned to make these for both Mårten and Fredrik. Close inspection of the lower body reveals center seam separation starting, due to shrinkage from dehydration.

Fredrik Thordendal’s Nevborn 7, no s/n

Scale: 26″
Neck: 2pc Maple neck-through, bubinga headstock overlay
Fingerboard: Stained rosewood, med-jumbo frets, no inlays
Body: Alder wings, black acrylic “t-blade” inlay under string area on body
Finish: Burnt orange stain, oiled
Pickups & Elec: single Lundgren M7 prototype, single 500k volume
Misc. Hardware: Cosmo plated Lo-Pro trem and lock nut, black Grover tuners
Notes: Swedish luthier Fredrik Nevborn was commissioned to make these for both Mårten and Fredrik.

Mårten Hagstrom’s 2000 Ibanez LACS RG7, “MH”, s/n LA022400

Scale: 25.5″
Neck: Asymmetrical profile, 3pc maple/bubinga
Neck Width:
Fingerboard: Rosewood, “MH” m.o.p. inlay @ 12th fret
Frets & crowns: Dunlop 6100 Jumbo
Body: Basswood, rounded inside lower horn, UV-style output jack
Finish: Matte black polyurethane
Pickups & Elec: single Lundgren M7, 500k volume/tone pots. Originally came with a Dimarzio Blaze pickup.
Misc. Hardware: black Lo-Pro trem, Gotoh tuners
Notes: Mårten’s earliest LACS custom from Ibanez. The Asymmetrical neck profile is slightly thicker towards the bass-side of the neck, and is a bit thicker than the Wizard-type neck, feeling more like a modified early Jem profile.

Fredrik Thordendal’s 2000 Ibanez LACS RG7, “33″, s/n LA022500

Scale: 25.5″
Neck: Asymmetrical profile, 3pc maple/bubinga
Neck Width:
Fingerboard: Rosewood, “33″ m.o.p. inlay @ 12th fret
Frets & crowns: Dunlop 6100 Jumbo
Body: Basswood, rounded inside lower horn, UV-style output jack
Finish: Matte black polyurethane
Pickups & Elec: single Lundgren M7, 500k volume/tone pots. Originally came with a Dimarzio Blaze pickup.
Misc. Hardware: black Lo-Pro trem, Gotoh tuners
Notes: One of Fredrik’s earliest LACS customs from Ibanez. The Asymmetrical neck profile is slightly thicker towards the bass-side of the neck, and is a bit thicker than the Wizard-type neck, feeling more like a modified early Jem profile. One of Fredrik’s more well-known instruments, this guitar was used on a well-known video to accompany Morgan Ågren for a Sol Niger medley from a Swedish TV drum show. Erroneously called “the Catch 33 guitar” by many fans, Fredrik himself says that what he calls the actual “Catch 33 guitar” is the original slash-logo LACS RG8 that was used to record that whole album with. 

Fredrik Thordendal’s Ibanez LACS RG7XL, “3327″, no s/n

Scale: 27″
Neck: Asymmetrical profile, 3pc maple/bubinga
Neck Width:
Fingerboard: Rosewood, “33″ m.o.p. inlay @ 12th fret
Frets & crowns: Dunlop 6100 Jumbo
Body: Basswood, UV-style output jack
Finish: Matte black polyurethane
Pickups & Elec: single Lundgren M7, single 500k volume pot
Misc. Hardware: black Lo-Pro trem, Gotoh tuners, AVH Stop Bars
Notes: The Asymmetrical neck profile on this instrument is present, but quite as pronounced as on the earlier 33 guitar. Easily confused with the earlier made 25.5″ “33″ guitar, there are some structural differences (see below). This guitar was on display at the Strictly 7 booth for the 2011 NAMM show.

Structural differences of the “33″ RG7′s:

The 25.5″ guitar (upper) has a shallower than normal neck pocket rout, making the neck sit higher and the strings having more clearance from the body. The 27″ guitar is more typical.

The rounded inside of the lower horn of the 25.5″ original, and the normal horn of the 27″

The “33″ inlays in mother-of-pearl at the 12th fret: Larger/thicker on the 27″(left), and the original.

Ibanez Check/Slash logo is placed slightly forward on the 27″ guitar (lower)

 

Fredrik Thordendal’s 2003 Ibanez LACS RGT7XL, s/n LA040203

Scale: 27″
Neck: 3pc maple neck-through
Neck Width: @nut – 1.897″, @12th – 2.350″, @24th – 2.605″
Neck Thickness: @1st – .777″, @12th – .868″
Fingerboard: Rosewood, no inlays
Frets & crowns: Dunlop 6100
Body: Maple wings, 3/16″ bookmatched flame maple top cap
Finish: Polyurethane gloss, trans-black top, black back & sides, neck natural thin satin
Pickups & Elec: single Lundgren M7, 500k vol/tone, Switchcraft barrel jack
Misc. Hardware: black Lo-Pro Edge trem, Gotoh tuners
Notes:This guitar is considerably heavier in weight than the other seven-string guitars, and is slightly brighter in tone due to it’s all-maple construction. Mårten has one that is identical to this (s/n LA040803), but has a large bubinga neck strip instead of all-maple.

 

Fredrik Thordendal’s Ibanez Artwood 7, AJ307CE-NT, s/n 98073482

Notes: Well…just because. ;-)

 

To be continued…

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