Price paid: C$ 799
Purchased from: Colosimo's Music
Sound — 10
This Guitar plays everything I play and more. I play mostly the newer Metallica and Most Gn'R older stuff. I am using this with a Boss MT-2 and a small Peavey practace amp, but it still sounds great. And these pickups are extremely silent. When I first brought this guitar home and plugged it in, I thought it didn't work it was so silent. The Pickups are active and they have a suprisingly passive sound to them, but it still carries the distenctive Active pickup Tone.
Overall Impression — 9
This Guitar is Perfect For me, I'm really enjoy playing it and I rarley have problems with anything. If you could get your hands on this guitar, I'd check it out. The Only thing I wish it had were Locking tuners, But your not gonna get locking tuners for only $800. My Favourite thing abotu this guitar is how well it stays in tune. I used a Strat before this and This is such a huge improvement.
Reliability & Durability — 7
I've only had to use it live once, for a gig of 2 songs, But it held up perfectly fine. No Problems happend. The strap pins are secure, however, I find that straps come off really easy, so I had to buy a strap Lock. The finish themes very thick and it should last a while. I've had this guitar for about 2 months and nothing has happend to the finish yet
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Just like most other Ibanez guitars, They are ready to use when you buy them, I didn't have to adjust anything, well, except tuning down to half step down becuase That's What I like. The guitar didn't have any problems with to much or not enough bonding. I don't recall any insidents with this guitar yet. The Finish on This guitar is Simply awesome. It looks like a lizard or a cameleon scheme. And it feels Great too.
Features — 9
This guitar is a must have for ALL intermediate to advanced guitar players. Priced resonably and you get what you pay for. This guitar is a rock and Metal Machine, With Neck and Bridge LoZ1 pickups. Speaking of the neck, there are 22 medium sized frets on a Mahogony neck and a Bound Rosewood Fretboard with Diamond inlay fres. The Body is also made out of Mahogony with a scalloped maple top. It comes with a Gibraltar III bridge which works very well with keeping the guitar in tune. You only have to tune up once or twice a week, and the guitar is probably only off by a few cents. The Guitar doesn't come with anything when you buy it, unfortunatly.