Purchased from: A friend
Sound — 8
So I play just about everything from country to metal and I gotta say, this guitar is pretty versatile. Now, most people will say "eww I hate the GIO" but it actually isn't that bad. This thing can squeal with the best and has a pretty nice clean tone. It isn't equal to a Gibson or Prestige, but it's no piece of drift wood. I use a small Eleca amp and Danelectro Metal Distortion pedal and it gets a great hard rock/metal tone, but when I kick off the distortion it can go straight into a blues solo.
Overall Impression — 7
Overall this guitar is decent. I play hard rock more than anything and it suits it pretty well. I have been playing for 6 years and before I was robbed, I had an Ibanez SA120 and an Epiphone Les Paul and this keeps up pretty well. If it got stolen, I'd probably save and get an ESP but I'd still be p-ssed. I like the thin neck and tone, but I would love to have a double H setup and a better bridge.
Reliability & Durability — 7
Well, this guitar seems pretty solid. That being said, if I wasn't so paranoid, I could depend on it without a backup. The hardware seems pretty dependable as do the strap buttons. The finish is nice, but due to it being gloss black, it shows prints very easily. Other than that, it is nicely done.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
Well I got this in a trade with a friend, I'm not exactly sure how old it is but he obviously had no idea what he was doing. The bridge was pulled out but I just salvaged a spring from another guitar and fixed that. The bridge is actually well routed compared to what I expected.
Features — 6
Ok, so my Ibanez was build in China. It has a maple neck, rosewood fret board with Shark tooth inlays. It has a HSH set up with one volume and one tone knob. It also has a 5 way selector and tremolo bridge.