Well, things had gotten to a state where I was very cynical about the guitar industry and I decided to give the infamous Zachary Guitars a try. I had to go through a very long "qualification" process and waited over a month and a half for the guitar. Alex spent two weeks alone looking for a case, only to put it in the original case he had it in. This is the guitar in question: 7 String Guitar ...and it wasn't worth it. Something is very wrong with the tone of this guitar. It's compressed and fuzzy to an extent that I've never heard with other electrics. This may have do with the fact that the strings are almost two years old, or the fact that there's some very annoying fret buzz along the bottom four strings, in addition to the open G. When I mentioned this to Alex, he got very defensive and said that fret buzz is normal because you have "metal on metal." Also, the access to the upper frets is very limited. In fact, basically everything above the 17th fret is unplayable. This issue miffs me the most. People don't just have frets to look at, after all. I asked Alex if he would take a return, but to no avail. So therefore, I have some very tough choices ahead of me. I could leave it the way it is and be very unhappy with it. I could take it to a tech and risk pissing Alex off. I could sell it on eBay and risk REALLY pissing Alex (and his inner circle) off. Regardless, this is a sad situation because I'm broke and do not have a fully functional electric. I feel rather taken advantage of, like someone who grew disillusioned with religion but turned to a crazy cult rather than atheism. I wanted this guitar to be great, but its just not, which is a bummer because I like Alex and think his philosophy is mostly correct. The moral of the story is, Zachary Guitars are not for everyone. If you've had a nagging curiosity about these guitars, you're probably better off not bothering. This guitar alone is enough to convince me that they're a far cry from "the best in the world."