Price paid: $ 250
Purchased from: Make 'n music
Sound — 7
It suits my playing style really well! I play stuff like hendrix, led zepplin, vai, Metallica, Megadeth, Children Of Bodom, Slayer, Parkway Drive, etc. I currently use a Roland Micro Cube, which makes it sound amazing. The powersound pickups are average. Nothing special, but they're not too bad. It's not noisy or anything, except for when your using just the single coil, but that's normal for single coil pickups. They sound bright, but they have a slightly cheap sound... not exactly the richest sound ever. This guitar can make a wide variety of sounds, from jazz to death metal. Very wide veriety.
Overall Impression — 8
This guitar is a good match for my style of music. I've been playing for a little over a year at this point, and I own a starcaster, which I bought this guitar to upgrade from. I also use a Roland Micro Cube at the moment. If this guitar was stolen, I would be extremely pissed, and would hunt down the man that stole it. I might buy it again, but I would probably guy something else, just to experiment with.
Reliability & Durability — 8
This guitar will withstand Live playing, as long as you don't pound on the tremolo. this guitar has some slight tuning stability problems, but as long as you don't do Van Halen dive bombs or use the trem like Steve Vai, you should be fine. The hardware is very good, will definitely last. The strap buttons are bigger on this then most guitars, and hold the strap very well, which I like. I wouldn't use this for a gig without backup, just because I like to be prepared for the worst. But if I had to, it could take it. The finish is pretty good, it's really solid and thick. probably won't wear off for a long time.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
This guitar was well set up when I bought it, be it by the shop or by the factory... The pickups were set up well. The bridge was properly routed. The only thing was the tone knob and the tip of the pick-up selector fell off, but that's easily fixed with superglue. No flaws in the guitar besides that, though.
Features — 9
I don't know what year it was made in, but I'm pretty sure it was made in '09, in the distant lands of Indonesia. This guitar has 24 medium frets, with an grg-style neck. The neck is a little bigger then the rg necks, but feels similar to them. The body is made of basswood, with a maple neck and rosewood fingerboard, with sharktooth inlays. I got mine in the jewel blue finish, and it's brilliant! The metallic flakes look amazing in the right light. It has an RG style body, (this entire guitar is based on the RG,) with a FAT 10 floating bridge. It has passive electronics, with the Standard powersound pickups. It has just two knobs, for volume and tone, and a 5-way pickup Switch. Standard Ibanez non-locking tuners, and it came with a tremolo arm.