Price paid: € 450
Purchased from: www.thomann.de
Sound — 8
This guitar is made for rock/metal, it suits me perfectly, I'm using it with an Orange crush pix 20ldx, it sounds amazing. My problem however, is the bridge pickups can get very noisy at high volumes, the feedback is horrible. I also had a slight problem with the sound on low tunings like drop b, it can't really hold up that well. I will probably change the pickups in the near future to emgs/sd blackouts.
Overall Impression — 10
As I said earlier, the guitar is great for rock/metal and I would recommend it to any metal guitarists. I've been playing for almost 2 years now and this is better than any of my previous gear or my bandmates gear. If it were stolen I would probably go for the 2010 model of the Ibanez MTM2, or get this again. My favourite thing about the guitar is the finish, it looks just amazing and is really unique. Overall its a great guitar, I recommend it to all advanced/ intermediate players.
Reliability & Durability — 8
The guitar withstands playing live fine, I would be kind of inclined to bring a back-up just in case though. The strap buttons however are pretty unreliable and always need to be looked at. The crocodile maple top is very well done and does'nt look like it will ever wear away.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The set-up from the factory was fine, I didn't need to adjust it at all. Everything was fine except for the strap buttons which I have to screw back in every month or two. All other parts of the guitar were put together perfectly. I would recommend if you could, to change the strap buttons.
Features — 10
The guitar was made in China, it has 22 frets on a rosewood fretboard with some very cool inlays. It has a maple top with an awesome crocodile finish, a set in mahogany neck, and a mahogany body. I have the blackberry caiman finish which looks amazing with the crocodile finish, the bridge is good and stays in tune nicely. As for the electronics, it has Ibanez made active pickups, a 3 way selector, 2 volume knobs, and a tone knob.