Purchased from: Local Music Store
Sound — 7
The guitar is great for rock, metal etc. but the clean sound is a bit murky which is not good for fans of alternative and others clean styles of music. You're going to need a good amp or distortion pedal to truly appreciate it's sound. The bridge pickup has high gain while the neck and mid are a bit too low sounding for my taste.
Overall Impression — 8
The guitar is a great beginners guitar especially for those that don't care about solos and just want to play. The sound is great for metal and rock and is pretty durable for a guitar less than 200 bucks. Nothing really much to say about it other than a good investment for a beginner.
Reliability & Durability — 8
The guitar has no pickguard so beginners that have not developed their picking that well will definitely scratch it. The guitar does get dented but doesn't show chips and mine is gloss black which is great. It will last you a while even the G string went out of tune like crazy for me.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
The guitar has some flaws. The body is thin so it rests lower from the strings unlike many other guitars. Also the action of the higher frets sometimes feels a bit high. Not really a good guitar for soloing but great for sending out massive power chords making it more of a rhythm guitarist guitar. Also the G string seemed to go out of tune like crazy which was a bit annoying.
Features — 7
The Ibanez GAX30 is a good guitar for a younger player. You know a kid who you don't want to spend 600 bucks on. The guitar has dual humbuckers, a GAX neck, fixed bridge, 3 way pickup selector, 22 frets with Dot inlays, basswood body and neck and bridge volume and tone controls. The tuners turn smoothly and feel sturdy and the guitar is pretty light. It has the double cutaway horns and a large circular body for the bottom half. The guitar takes some time to get used to do to it's larger bottom half.