Price paid: $ 299.99
Purchased from: Musician's Friend
Sound — 9
I play mainly rock music and this guitar is perfect for both clean and dirty sounds. The 3-way toggle Switch lets you choose the pickup configuration that fits the style you are looking for, making this guitar rather versatile in the sound department. Right now I am using this guitar through a MG100HDFX.
Overall Impression — 10
Like I said above, I play rock music and this guitar is a perfect fit. I've been playing guitar for 2 years and have owned Ibanez basses in the past. It it were stolen, I would definitely buy another. I wanted a single cutaway guitar without breaking the bank. I looked at Agile Les Paul knockoffs on the web, and played an Epiphone Les Paul before buying this model. For the price, you cannot beat this single cutaway. The only thing I wish this guitar had was more finish options. Although the silver and black both look great.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I would say this guitar is very reliable. I've owned Ibanez guitars in the past and have never had any problems with them. The hardware all seems very solid for a guitar in this price range. I installed a strap lock system on my guitar, but the strap buttons are solid from the factory. The finish is perfect (the black finish looks good too) and I would definitely use this guitar on a gig without a backup.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
My guitar was set up perfect when I played it at the store. The action was just right and needed no adjustment what'soever. Ibanez makes this guitar in two colors: black and silver. I chose the silver one because I have too many black guitars as it is. I really liked the inlay at the 12th fret, as well as the absence of dot inlays on the fretboard. It gives the guitar a very simple, clean look. There were no flaws in any aspect. The knobs are all static-free, the finish is perfect, and the toggle Switch is noise-free.
Features — 9
Not sure of what year/where this model was made, but I bought it last week and I am the first owner. I set out to buy a decently-priced single cutaway guitar and this one fit the bill. It has 22 medium frets, with a tribal-like inlay at the 12th fret. The body is made out of mahogany and the fingerboard is made from rosewood. The bridge is a fixed Gibraltar III. The pickups are nothing to shout about, but sound very nice and versatile for a $300 guitar.