Price paid: € 809
Sound — 6
This guitar sounded very metal and you can't exactly change that with one tone and three way switch, so if you need a blues or jazz guitar I'm telling you now; LOOK AWAY. I used it with a Marshall Vintage modern which is made for a very 70's hard rock sound, like KISS style. Yes it definetly satisfies my musical tastes but even when very precisely tuned I couldn't help but hear a flappy sound on the low E. Yes this guitar was undoubtedley made for high string play.
Overall Impression — 8
Well, if you are a fan of heavy gain and lots of overdrive this just might be the guitar for you. The one thing I couldn't understand was why they made a metal sounding guitar look so classical rock-ish, but it still looks beautiful. Also once agin, change the low E string. It also has a pretty interesting looking head. Also I'm a little ticked off that they didn't have a lot of sound possibilities.
Reliability & Durability — 7
This guitar will definetly last a couple shows, maybe even a tour. I personally would not play with it live until I changed that E string. Also don't forget that this is another les pauls immitation that also includes the weight. Actually it's a little lighter than a real Les Pauls, but I would definetly pick the later for sound quality. I'm really picky with guitars so if I played live this would be my 2nd or 3rd back up but I really like it don't get me wrong.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
I loved the Tight-Tune tailpiece of the guitar, I played it for 30 minutes straight filled with bends whammy bars etc, and it was still in tune. I felt pretty good oving up and down the neck pulling off one riff after another. The EMG pickups are awesome. I'm starting to think EMG is an abbreviation for Eh! Man its Great!.
Features — 6
This is a brand new guitar that I found shopping for a birthday present for my friend, and yes it is a Les Pauls reproduction, something not very new to guitar comanies in general but definetly new to Ibanez. My model is Chinese made and has a pretty legit finish that is surprisingly hard to leave fingerprints on. This guitar has 25 medium frets and unfortunately needs a 9V battery. It has only one volume and one tone with a three position Switch (I swear there is some sort of conspiracy going on between guitar and bass companies to make five position swithces harder to find nowadays).