Price paid: $ 250
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 7
This bass was designed mainly for metal and rock, hence the two large active humbuckers. The pickups have a high output and can produce punchy lows while still able to produce decent sounding highs and mids. I currently am using light guage strings and have the guitar on an amp with a 10'' sub on clean. With the bass turned down on the on-board eq, this bass can produce fair sounding tones for things like slap bass and jazz. However, the low end sounds muddy when the bass eq is turned down, no matter what pickup is selected. This bass is definatly able to be used for most styles, but would be best for metal and rock.
Overall Impression — 8
This beautiful bass was a steal used for $250. While I wish the tone was better when the bass eq is turned down, it is a great guitar inside and out. The finish is beautiful and sturdy, the guitar stays in tune and is reliable, and overall is a great guitar to own.
Reliability & Durability — 10
As having this guitar for about 10 months and it getting knocked around a lot, nothing has been overly damaged. A few scratches have been obtained, but the finish is hard as a rock and will not be damaged easily. The guitar seems to be steady enough that I would probably be able to gig without a backup. The guitar is almost perfectly balanced and would be possible to play multiple songs without getting tired and thus would be fine for live play.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
While I do not know what the stock action is like, the guitar came perfectly set up on light guage strings. The strings are high enough that slapping is possible but low enough that you don't kill your fingers pressing down on the higher frets. With the tune-o-matic bridge design, it is easy to change string hight for the higher frets. My specific guitar did not contain any flaws that I have come across and have not heard any specific problems with this bass overall.
Features — 8
Bought this excellent bass guitar at Guitar Center used. While I am not exactly sure, I believe this bass to be discontinued as I was unable to find it on the Ibanez website. The bass comes with 24 medium sized frets. While some prefer to have jumbo frets, the medium frets make the neck somewhat shorter and more managable to play, especially when slapping. There are neck and bridge humbuckers, both active. The controls are a pickup selector, volume knob, and bass/treble equalizer knobs. The bridge is an Ibanez design similar to a Tune-O-Matic. The finish is a nice blue quilt-top but the guitar comes in other finishes I believe.