[NGD] EBMM JPXI-7 Black Onyx!
To top it off, I’m pretty sure the retailer made a mistake with the pricing. On the website, it said £3045, or £3552.50 (or thereabouts) with VAT. So I paid £3045 at checkout, setting aside and fully expecting to pay a further £507 to the customs office upon arrival of the item (it was from Germany). Well, according to the documents, £3045 is the sum of the item price and the VAT. So I got this guitar for a good £500 less than I was expecting and happy to pay!
To those at Ernie Ball: you are amazing. The sparkly onyx finish is second to none. I cannot wait to delve into it after work, and hopefully learn some more of ‘Acid Rain’ by Liquid Tension Experiment!
About the other 7-string EBMM guitars I was deciding between: I decided not to go with the JP7 BFR trans ruby flame, ultimately because I really wanted my first ebony board. But it was very close. The other guitar I ruled out was the JP15 BFR Eminence Purple after discovering that the ebony on the JPXI is much more dark and consistent, which was of great significance to me. Moreover, I already own a JP15. I *might* have to go back and pick this up too, just because the roasted neck and rare purple finish are just so damn good!