REVIEW: Mayones Regius PRO 7

Mayones Guitars have been around for decades but in recent years they’ve really risen to prominence, partly through better distribution, partly through home high-profile players such as Periphery’s Misha Mansoor, and partly because the world is finally catching up to their extremely high quality. You can ogle photos of a Mayones online all you want but that doesn’t tell you the whole story: they feel as great as they look, and you get a definite sense of ‘Daaaaaamn that’s a high-quality guitar’ when you pick one up.

The Regius PRO 7 adds a low B string for chunky crunchy low-end riffs, but you can get the Regius in 6 and 8 string versions too. Mayones is virtually a custom shop so there are all sorts of options you can specify. In this case the majority of the body is made of mahogany, although swamp ash is also offered. The top is flame maple and the neck is a neck-through design made up of 11 ply worth of maple, mahogany, amazakoe and wenge, with a 16” fretboard radius and 24 medium jumbo Ferd Wagner frets. Two scale lengths are offered: standard 25.4” or optional baritone 27”. The body is outlined in three-ply acrylic pearl binding, as is the ebony fretboard. There are no inlays on the fretboard face but the side dots are quite nicely visible. And the headstock has an intriguingly distinctive 3+4 headstock design, and the tuners are super high quality Sperzel Trim-Loks.

Pickup options include Seymour Duncan JB and Jazz passives or Blackouts actives; DiMarzio Air Norton 7 passives or EMG 707 actives. Other brands, models and configurations are available on request (although an extra fee may be incurred, but it’s worth it for your dream tone, right?). The model on review has a Floyd Rose bridge, but an ABM fixed string-through-body bridge is also available. Other standard features include a Switchcraft jack, Graph Tech nut for non-Floyd models, Schaller Straplocks and a free hardcase.

Oh and one other thing: this guitar is heavy. Definitely consider some kind of extra-supportive strap. I’m a Les Paul owner and I was still kinda taken aback by how heavy this guitar is. Again, worth it for your dream tone, but be aware of this aspect if you have a bad back and a taste for exotic Polish seven-strings.

The Seymour Duncan JB and Jazz – often referred to as the Hot Rodded Humbucker Set – were designed together by Seymour back in the 1970s, and it’s amazing that they’ve managed to hang in there as music has evolved around them. They’re great for classic rock, fusion, pop, blues, blues-rock, hard rock, traditional metal, thrash metal… and they work great as seven-string pickups too. The JB’s famous tone is fat and chunky, with a rich midrange, full bass and just enough treble clarity to sound great in a live environment but not so much that it’ll take your head off. And when you engage the coil split hidden on the volume pot, you’ll get a twangy, almost Telecaster-like tone. The Jazz is a very articulate, detail-packed pickup with great mids, and it tracks very well when you play super-fast. In single coil mode it’s got a bit of a 50s Strat vibe – thin but not anaemic. And whether plugged in or not, you’ll notice the incredible sustain this guitar has. Certainly more than you’d expect from a guitar with a Floyd Rose. The playability is a little more solid than the average metal axe too: this isn’t a paper-thin shredders’ neck, and it reinforces the Regius PRO 7’s status as a great all-rounder (that just happens to look pretty aggressive).

From a construction perspective the Regius PRO 7 is flawless. The looks are great too, and the tones are massive. Mayones offers so many options in terms of cosmetics and electronics that if you dig the overall vibe you’ll be able to refine it however you see fit, or Mayones’ Australian distributor have brought in a bunch of really beautiful guitars that are ready to own right now and which you can see at mayones.com.au.

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