Price paid: C$ 385
Purchased from: music city
Sound — 9
This guitar sounds great with just about anything I play, from zeppelin to Megadeth this guitar plays everything, in the neck you get your clapton, and your hendrix, and in the bridge you get Slayer, and Mettallica. I own a shitty Behringer practice amp, but I have played it on an Orange 30 watt, and the zakk wylde micro stack, and that sounded awesome, I plan to get one. This guitar has a deep, rich sound when in the neck, and a bright, colorful clean sound when in the bridge.
Overall Impression — 10
Well, it's not always the guitar's fault when you can't get the sound right, which is the case for me considering I have such a poor amp. But that will fix itself in a month when I get a new Marshall, I've been playing for 2 years and before this I had 2 really, I mean REALLY garbage Strat copies, worse so that the worst squire. I tried out a few other les paul style guitars before I saw this one, most of them were just names I never heard of like Stagg and hagsteam, but this guitar is great especially since it's a $600+ guitar and I got it for $385 this is an amazing guitar for the money and I would say get this guitar if you are looking for a first, or second guitar, even if you hate the scalloped maple top, get the ART200.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Well, I only got it a while ago, but it seems sturdy and reliable, it stays in tune fine, and as long as you don't hurl it into and through your amp during a rocking solo that got a little too hardcore, it should be fine to play Live with, but obviously get strap locks, every guitar needs those.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The action is okay. that's all that needs to be said, it's not a usual shredding monster like most Ibanez guitars, but it is more like what would be on a Fender. The guitar was intonated perfectly when I bought it already and everything seemed perfect, I was planning on setting it up when I got home, but I realized they did a better job than I could have done. The guitar has one fault. Which I caused... When I took it and went to my car, I hit it off the door, it now has a teeny tiny little whitish spot that someone would only notice if they knew I hit it of my car. Other than that the guitar is flawless.
Features — 9
My Ibanez ART300 was made fairly recently in china, it has 22 medium frets and has a fat neck that you would expect from a Les Paul Copy, but this is far from just any old copy, it has 2 Ibanez loz active pickups that are just ruthless when paired with a zakk wylde distortion pedal. The finish seems thick and the top is just absolutely ridiculous looking, which is super cool. Unfourtunatly I had to bargain to get it down from $450, it was already on sale, but the guy wasn't even going to give me a bag, or anything, so I widdled him doen to $385.