Sound — 9
This guitar from Ibanez is the only guitar that can satisfy my techno-death metal playing style. I am currently using the Peavy 15-watt 8" vypyr series amp, it comes with 24 different amp models and 11 program effects(which by the way are stronger than their pedal counter-parts). The volume knob on this guitar is on the lower side of the sensitivty level of volume knobs. You really have to turn this knob to see a difference in the volume. This guitar can also range from a deep rich acoustic, to a screeching and I mean screeching death metal. All 5 pick-up configurations change the sound output of the guitar, use the neck pick-up for a deep low sound. Use the middle pick-up for solos/major picking songs. Use the bridge pick-up for the effects on the solos.
Overall Impression — 10
I play, as I stated above, techno-death metal and I believe that this guitar is an amazing match for me. I'll just have to pick up a synth pedal at my music store. I have been screwing around with a guitar in general for about 6 years, put only started to seriously play a few months ago. I also own a Peavey Milestone 2 Series 4-string bass, a Peavey 115-watt 12" speaker bass amp, a 8" 12-watt Peavey vypyer series guitar amp, a 1964 Fender-Harmony acoustic guitar. I cannot think of anything that I should have asked that I didn't ask before I bought this guitar. If I did have this guitar stolen then I would either 1: buy it again 2: get the next guitar up the RG series really depend on the amount of money I have on hand. I really love everything about this guitar, the only potential thing I can find that is not so good about this guitar is that volume knob I was talking about earliar. I actualy compared this guitar to a 1400 dollar Gibson Les Paul, and a 1200 dollar Stratocaster, and this guitar dominated both of them. I do wish it had a 7th string, and the Edge-Pro Tremlo and some string locks. But hey you can't have everything that Ibanez offers in a 250 dollar guitar.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar is definalty able to withstand Live playing, and is so amazing that you could also use it for recording. The hardware really seems like it will last a very long time, but I am a very parinoid person so I changed the strap clips out for some strap-locks. Yes, I would use it at a gig without a back-up, the only thing I could think of going wrong with the guitar would be the strings going out of tune. This finish is amazing the high-gloss is basicly a mirror, just try to keep a micro-fiber cloth on hand to keep off the fingerprints and smudges. So long as you keep the finish clean with that micro-fiber cloth it will last for a very long time.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The guitar was set up fairly well, but since it had been in store for a few months it's strings were old, it was out of tune, and dusty. So I cannot tell you anything about it's out-of-factory condition. The pick-ups on this guitar were set up very nicely, except the middle pick-up is a bit high up for my playing style and picking style. There were no issues with the guitar when I bought it.
Features — 10
Made in: 2006, Japan. Frets: 24, medium. Laminated top. Fingerboard: Bound Rosewood. Neck: Maple. Body: Basswood. Bridge Style: Dual-way tremlo. Control Knobs: 1 volume, 1 tone. Tuners: Non-locking. Pick-ups: 2 humbuckers, 1 single coil. Bridge Pickup. Name: Powersound. Model No: PSND2. Construction: Humbucking. Magnet: Ceramic. Description: High output with enhanced harmonics. Neck Pickup. Name: Powersound Model No: PSND-S. Construction: Single Coil. Magnet: Alnico. Description: High output with complete clarity. Neck Pickup. Name: Powersound. Model No: PSND1. Construction: Humbucking. Magnet: Ceramic. Description: High output in the neck position with no muddiness. Mine came with no accessories because I bought it guitar only.