Price paid: $ 300.2
Purchased from: Local music store
Sound — 10
This guitar is perfect for my style of play which is metal. I am using a Vox DA15 amp, and occasionally a Boss DS1 distortion pedal. I use the bridge pickup almost exclusivly and I love the bite and edge that it gives to my sound. This guitar has a variety of sounds ranging from crushing drop-D chords to face melting screaming solos to lush clean sounds.
Overall Impression — 10
I've been playing for a few years and my only other guitar was a Squier "Strat" so this guitar is a major jump up. I love the bite I get out of the bridge pickup on this guitar, the only thing besides the trem, that I don't like is the single coil pickup in the middle. My next guitar will be a 2 humbucker with a fixed bridge. The only thing I wish this guitar had was active pickups which I can arrange.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I haven't played Live with this guitar yet but I would without a second thought about it failing in some way. It's just a tank. And the finish seems like it will last forever, besides the one scratch by the neck, which I don't know how that happened. The strap buttons also are something else. Almost twice the size of the strap buttons on my old guitar, if I take my guitar strap off it's actually hard to put it back on because of the size of the friggin strap buttons! Which is a very good thing.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Right from when I got this guitar home the action was lower than Paris Hilton's IQ. With no fret buzz also! The pickups were fine and the bridge came floating but I play with it flush against the body so that was the only thing I changed. The guitar had absolutly no flaws from day 1. The controls were all snug and the pickup selector was quieter than my last guitar by far.
Features — 9
My Ibanez was built in China in 2006 if I remember correctly and it has a sparkling blur paintjob which seems to attract fingerprints. The neck is rosewood, with "shark tooth" inlays. It's an RG style body with a trem system, which in my opinion is the only downside of the guitar. It has 2 humbuckers in the neck and bridge with 1 single coil in between, all passive. The strap locks are huge which make it almost impossible for it to fall off the strap. It has one 5 way pickup selector with 1 volume and 1 tone knob.