Price paid: $ 276.5
Purchased from: Robertville Music Shop
Sound — 10
It suits up to my style of music perfectly. I play all kind of rock like: death metal, heavy metal of metal or simply hard rock. The guitar sounds perfect to these styles. The bridge pickup is really good for distortion and sounds fat. The neck pickup sounds perfect for solo work beyond 12th fret. The guitar sounds really nice clean. I use a Ibanez IBZ10G guitar amplifier which has really good distortion and works very well with my guitar. When I crank up the distortion it's pretty noisy and sounds bright and rich fat sound. Overall I love the sound.
Overall Impression — 10
I play all kinds of metal and heavy rock and the guitar works well with all those styles. The guitar distorted sound is perfect for music like: Metallica, Children Of Bodom, Avenged Sevenfold etc. On the clean channel, it works perfectly for classical or western etc. I've been playing since Christmas 2005 and we are in June 2006. So it is about 6 months. I also own a Mansfield acoustic guitar which plays really great. I also own a Qwik Tune Automatic Guitar Tuner. If for whatever reason, I get to don't have my guitar no more I would buy a same one because I got use to playing with it and with it, I am playing exceptionnaly good and I don't want to lose that playing. And I am saving some money for a good quality metal distortion pedal so I don't want to waste my money on really expensive guitars. My likes and dislikes on my guitar: Likes; Sharktooth fingerboard inlays, pickups, easy action, wood resonance, tone. Dislikes; FAT 10 Bridge. I can not change guitar settings except going in dropped D due to the tremolo bridge. I chose this guitar because it plays great and looks great and has a reasonable price. And for the price, you get a lot of good quality. The only thing I wished it had is a floyd rose locking tremolo system. Overall, I like very much my guitar and for now, it is the best I've played. It's a must have.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar works very well in live conditions. I only experienced that in one little show but I think that it would work really nice. All of the hardware look like it will last. The strap buttons are exceptional. They are bigger than on other guitars. That holds the strap better. Reducing the chance of guitar falling which can damage lot of things. I depend on it 100%. Nothing could harm my playing in a gig. I mean it's so easy to play! And like I said it many times, the finish is too much subject to put your fingerprints on! I have to wipe it really often. But when it is wiped, the finish is as much beautiful as it was coming out of the factory.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The action was one of the best I have experienced from the first day I got it and it's still the same(I have it since 1 month). It plays easily and dosen't require a lot of effort. The pickups were adjusted correctly I think since I don't know much in pickups. All is perfect. The frets are perfect, the routing is perfect, the bridge is perfect. The finish is a beautiful gloss black. It was really nice out of the factory since right now, it has many fingerprints on it. It's so easy to put your fingerprints on that finish.
Features — 9
The guitar was made in 2006 and it was made Japan I am pretty sure. It has 24 Medium size frets with a rosewood fingerboard and a maple thin neck. The body is made of basswood. It has a gloss black finish which is really beautiful but easy to stamp your fingerprints on it so it's pretty annoying. The body is an RG style body. The bridge is a FAT10 non-locking floating tremolo. There is one volume control and one tone control with a 5-way pickup selector switch. Fingerboard inlays are Ibanez classic sharktooth which I like very much. Pickup configuration is H/S/H. The features are perfect for me except I would love to have a locking floyd rose tremolo instead of a FAT10.